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.
Tom McCafferty is a Blue Badge guide for England's Lake District, 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 retiredPolice 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 sharehis knowledge and love of The Lake District, its breathtakingly spectacular scenery and its legendary poets, authors and artists. Tom enjoys meeting people andrelating tales of folklore, history, characters and industrial heritage in this most wondrous part of England.
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.
Michelle Hughes is an International Mountain Leader and has traveled in Europe,Norway and Ireland. She enjoys teaching Mountain Leadership courses in Ireland and has a passion for Ireland and all its wonder; the music, the stories, the ancient Celtic beliefs, the 'craic' and even the weather! Michelle loves adventure and the outdoors, both of which have been an integral part of her working life for more than 20 years. She has hiked, climbed, kayaked and saild the length and breadth of Ireland as well as far beyond.
Michelle's first major adventure was sailing a junk from Darwin to Singapre, however her ulitmate adventure has been raising a family with husband Geo. After the birth of their 2nd daughter, Michelle studied and qualified as a holistic therapist. During the winter months she practices as an Energy Practitioner--you can find out more about this while walking with her in Ireland.
Michelle is an upbeat and lively guide and will appeal to our clients during the featured walks along the Connemara coast. If you're lucky, Michelle might break out her fiddle and play an upbeat tune and encourage her group to join her in a song!
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.
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.