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Where is Paddy Dillon in 2023?

Paddy Dillon walks hard for a living and is always juggling a variety of projects. His work can take him anywhere, and at any time of the year. Next destination - Everywhere!

Treks and Trails - Paddy enjoyed some interesting trips during 2022. A number of guidebooks needed complete overhauls, requiring walking routes to be checked. These included County Durham, the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, as well as Scotland's Isle of Arran. Later in the year, stretches of the evolving England Coast Path were visited, with explorations continuing into 2023. Paddy explored Glyndwr's Way in mid-Wales during the spring. He recently had a look at parts of Normandy and Brittany in France. He spent the early part of summer looking at day walks along the Offa's Dyke Path on the Wales/England border. In the middle of summer he walked the Yorkshire Wolds Way and Cleveland Way in order to update his guidebook covering those trails. He also checked the southern part of the Pennine Way for update material. Paddy is currently working on a project on the Wales Coast Path.

Guidebook projects - Paddy updated several of his guidebooks throughout 2022 and these have either been reprinted with amendments, or republished as completely new editions. They include a complete overhaul of his guidebook covering the GR20 through the mountains of Corsica, which now includes a booklet of detailed French IGN mapping. Around a dozen other guidebooks were updated and reprinted, covering destinations across Europe and beyond, including The National Trails of Britain, Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland, GR5 through the French Alps, Iceland, Madeira and the Azores. The first completely new edition of a guidebook published in 2023 was Tenerife, which has been completely overhauled, with new walks, new mapping and new photographs. Paddy's popular guidebook to the Isle of Arran has also been overhauled and now includes the Arran Coastal Way. A selection of Paddy's photographs of Greenland and Iceland appeared in the Wanderlust Nordics book. A new edition of his Guernsey guidebook has just been published.

Out and About - Paddy finds the time to visit all sorts of odd places for short periods throughout the year. Recently he has been exploring stretches of the England Coast Path, which is slowly taking shape as stretches of the coastline are given improved access, signposts and waymarks. One signpost spotted on his travels notes the rebranding of the trail as the King Charles III England Coast Path.

The English Lake District - The Lake District is on Paddy's doorstep and is visited regularly throughout the year to keep abreast of route changes and other developments, and because it is one of the finest places anyone could ever wish to walk! Paddy's guidebook to the long-distance Cumbria Way starts in his home town of Ulverston and he gave a talk about the route during the Ulverston Walking Festival. He recently completed a guidebook covering short walks around Langdale and Coniston.