After every tour we get comment letters and emails about our guides. They are the best in the business and will make your tour a truly memorable one.
Janet Niepokojczycka is our guide in the Lake District and
Scotland. Janet is descended
from a Polish family, but was herself born in
Nottingham, England. She has spent much of
her life in Cumbria. As a Blue Badge Guide for
Cumbria, she has worked for a number of tour
as a guide, but is happiest when she is out walking.
She is a particular expert on archeology, vernacular
buildings and medieval industries. Her travels
by packhorse in the mid 80's, carried out as fund
raising events for charities made the national
Anne Strange is our mountain leader, who enjoys both guiding our groups and absorbing the solitude of open spaces. Anne was born in Manchester and moved to the Lake District in 1979, where she raised her 2 daughters. She has been with Ramblers since 1992, having obtained a Mountain Leader Certificate to take groups hiking through the mountains of the UK. Anne has also climbed in the European Alps and has trekked the Himalayas.
Tom McCafferty is a Blue Badge guide for Cumbria and Hadrian’s Wall, and has been guiding professionally since 2000. He is a true Cumbrian, born in Maryport on the West Coast and is a retired Police Officer. With a wonderful sense of humor and dry wit, he possesses a natural ability to make you smile. He has a sincere passion about his home county and simply loves to share his knowledge and love of The Lake District, its breathtakingly spectacular scenery and its legendary poets, authors and artists. Tom enjoys meeting people and relating tales of folklore, history, characters and industrial heritage in this most wondrous part of England.
Ian Carter is an International Mountain Leader and guides walking tours around the world. He is passionate about wild places and loves to spend time exploring the hills of Britain as well as overseas. Ian has worked as a guide for over 20 years and works on a number of our tours including the Coast to Coast and Tour of Mont Blanc. He has extensive knowledge not only of the hills and mountains but also of the history and culture of the areas he works in.
Melanie Carter is a Blue Badge Guide for Cumbria, as well as having an extensive knowledge of Hadrian’s Wall and the Yorkshire Dales. She has lived in Cumbria for over 20 years and has spent her time exploring this wonderful county as well as the areas around it. Melanie is interested in social history and the characters that made their home in the Lake District.
Christopher Knowles has lived in the Cotswolds for twenty years and knows them inside out, creating several routes that are now established features of the region. He has written several walking guides and a general guidebook on the Cotswolds, as well as books on Italy, Russia and China. He has lived in France and Italy and speaks both languages. Working as a professional guide in the nineteen eighties, he escorted travellers by train between England and Hong Kong twenty four times.
Chris Ryan is a qualified Scottish guide, but his main area of expertise is the Outer Hebrides, also known (perhaps more evocatively) as the Western Isles. He was born near Glasgow, and worked for a time as a Park Ranger in the Glasgow area. He moved to the Outer Hebrides having met Anne, the lady who was to become his wife: she was born and brought up in the Hebrides, and now runs a self-catering business. As an "offcomer" Chris can offer a unique perspective of life in the Western Isles, one of the most remote parts of the UK. His stories about peat cutting rights and croft management, accompanied by a good supply of local anecdotes, will keep the visitor enthralled.
Stuart Manton: Originally from Gloucestershire, Stuart has lived in the Cotswolds for many years. He is actively involved in landscape conservation for the Woodland Trust working on the Cotswold escarpment and has a keen interest in the history of the English Landscape. He has extensive experience of walking in the area, including the Cotswold Way National Trail, and is an active member of local history and naturalist societies.
Pavel Vitek, who grew up in Prague, is a retired engineer who has also been a ski instructor in Whistlter BC in addition to being a Certified Mountain Leader in the UK. Pavel now spends his time guiding for Ramblers and running his small hotel in Crickhowell.