Peter Caton's first book, Essex Coast Walk, was published in June 2009. This describes a series of walks along the full length of the Essex coast, with much information on the people, places, history and wildlife encountered on the way. The book was reprinted in November 2009 and continues to sell steadily. A narrative not a guide book, Essex Coast Walk is an easy read, with gentle humour to match the coastline's gentle beauty, and has been appreciated both by people with an interest in the county and by those who just enjoy a good interesting read.
Peter's next book No Boat Required - Exploring Tidal Islands was published in summer 2011. This book describes Peter's visits to the 43 tidal islands which can be walked to from the UK mainland. It includes tales of travelling to the islands - some easy, some less so, information on the islands' history and wildlife, plus many interesting and amusing stories discovered on the way.
Peter's third book Stand Up Sit Down - A Choice to Watch Football was published in June 2012. This chronicles his visits to the 23 English Football League grounds that still have terraces and examines the arguments for and against the choice to stand at football.
In his fourth book, The Next Station Stop - Fifty Years by Train, which will be published in August 2013, Peter revisits locations of childhood holidays on a 10,000 mile tour of Britain, discovering what it’s like to travel on our modern railways and comparing experiences with train journeys made over the last fifty years.
He has just started his fifth book - walking the Suffolk Coast.
I wanted to give this book 5 stars as soon as I learned of its existence. I only found about it by chance; receiving a reply from the author himself regarding my review for No Boat Required. As I love the Essex coastline a great deal (I have walked its entire length by the way) and occasionally re-visit/re-walk parts of it too, this book was something I could never refuse. In it, we have 50 walks covering virtually every part of the coastline accessible to the public; be it resorts; creeks; estuaries, and small villages/ports. It has been written like an ordinary guide book (turn left here. After half a mile, turn right there etc---). Thankfully, a little bit of info/history of many of the landmarks you may come across/see on every walk is included; all printed in a nice blue coloured ink to make it stand out. There is a small extract of a real Ordnance Survey map at the start of each walk, showing what route to take, and colour photos galore. Walks vary from 2 - 15 miles and at least a few of those will be suitable for everyone; be it families; solo walkers like myself; or day trippers; and there are longer walks for the more serious hiker, such as walk 28, the 15 mile Bradwell - Burnham-on- Crouch one for example. Many of the walks described are circular and there is a little bit of info on public transport / refreshments /toilets etc--(even tells you where to park too.)
This book has shown me walking routes that I wouldn't have thought of, and cos of it, I now plan to re visit quite a few of those paths and places I last walked on when I was finishing off my trek along the county's coastline back in 2010 - 11.
by James D
Peter Caton was born in 1960 and has always lived in Upminster, Essex. He is married with two children. After
training as a polymer chemist, he set up his own business testing and manufacturing adhesives. He has a keen interest in walking, the countryside and conservation and is a member of many environmental organisations. His other interests include travelling and football (he is a long suffering West Ham season ticket holder) and he is a member of Upminster Methodist Church.