RIVER TYNE TRAIL: SOURCE TO SEA, by Peter Donaghy and John Laidler. Published by Sigma Leisure. Available from Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care (www.daftasabrush.org.uk/river-tyne-trail), the Daft as a Brush Shop in Eldon Garden, Newcastle and Daft as a Brush House, Great North Road, Gosforth NE3 2DR (tel 0191-285 5999). £12.99 (plus £2.50 p&p). Softback.

THE idea for a 135-mile long-distance walk from the sources of the Tyne to the sea was the brainchild of Brian Burnie, founder of the Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care charity.

This guidebook covers the three sections of the walk, from the source of the North Tyne at Deadwater, the source of the South Tyne in the Pennine Hills and the course of the unified River Tyne from Warden to the coast.

Divided into 12 convenient stages based on ease of access, with additional entry and exit points, it enables walkers to create their own itinerary for both long-distance and day walks. On the River North Tyne, four sections totalling 48 miles follow the river from its source to Warden. On the South Tyne, four sections totalling 42 miles take the walker from its source to where it meets the North Tyne at Warden; and the walk along the River Tyne also comprises four sections travelling a total of 45 miles to the North Sea.