A chance viewing of a television programme in the early 1970s lead to Alison’s interest in the Pilgrim Road to Santiago, at that time barely known in Britain. A walker most of her life she had the opportunity to walk the 1000-mile camino from Le Puy-en-Velay to Santiago all in one go in 1990, a time which coincided, fortuitously, with Cicerone Press looking for an author to write an original guide in English to the Spanish section of the route. Since then Alison has walked and explored many of the pilgrim roads through Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal) as well as those she has written about.
Her 2002 Cicerone guide The Pilgrim Road to Nidaros is now both out of print and out of date but a new edition, The Pilgrim Road to Trondheim, has now been published (2015, in English) by Museumsforlaget in Trondheim.
Alison's other interests include music and she plays the French horn.