A Southerner by birth I have lived in Manchester, the most exciting, vibrant city in the UK, for the last 15 years and know it and the surrounding area intimately.
I know the city and the surrounding National Parks like the back of my hand and firmly believe the best way to orientate yourself is on foot and with a local expert. . . . ME! I have worked as a tour guide in London and Brighton, as a walks and activity leader for the YHA in the Peak District, as a language teacher and in many other roles. Travel is my passion and I understand how a little local knowledge can allow you to have the "Off the beaten track" experiences that can make a trip and show you those hidden gems that the run of the mill tourist doesn't know about!
Because my knowledge of the North West is so extensive I am able to tailor tours to your individual needs and interests. I know how to make the places we visit come alive and know how to make the places we see stick in your memory and become the things you think of when your holiday is over. I am often available at short notice and always willing to discuss plans and requirements in advance. Look forward to seeing you soon.
A Recent Review of this guide
I motor-toured the Lake District with Ian H. on September 13, 2017. Ian got a lot of wonderful places into the tour and had researched my special interest (Wordsworth's Excursion). He was very informative about the landscape and culture of the Lake District, which he obviously loves. I learned a lot from Ian and enjoyed my time with him.
My main credential is my passion for the national parks of the UK! I am a British Mountaineering Council accredited Mountain Leader and have walked, hiked and explored all over the world.
Additionally I have completed a MA in Cultural Studies, have an Adult Teaching qualification and am qualified as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
I have worked in the travel/guiding industry for EF Language Travel and undertaken Walk Leaders Training with the YHA, the UK branch of Hostelling International.
I have over 20 years driving experience and a clean license.
I am not a licensed guide and so cannot guide you inside museums, however I can accompany you and have a good knowledge of the major museums in the area.