Anthony Toole was born and raised in the Lake District, where he has walked and climbed throughout his life. He was educated as a scientist and taught Chemistry for many years. His early publications were in hill-walking and mountaineering magazines, but he has broadened into more general travel writing, though with the emphasis mainly on the outdoors, nature and conservation. He has published more than 500 magazine and online features about his visits to more than 20 countries. He also writes about Science. He has received three Awards for Excellence from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, of which he is a member.