I have most of my own teeth (and a dry british sense of humour). I am a qualified teacher, with 20 years experience. I am widely travelled within and beyond the UK.
As well as my Yorkshire and surrounds tours, I can also offer longer distance tours covering much of England and Wales (these work out a little more expensive than individual day tours to cover the costs of me being away from home). I am very happy to help with the detailed planning of these tours.
I am a keen photographer and have my work for sale in a number of local outlets. I have been included in the "landscape Photographer of the year" collection, and my work is frequently featured in the Guardian newspaper.
I have two vehicles, A renault scenic and Nissan Qashqai. I can accommodate up to 4 adults, or can hire a larger vehicle for group of 10 or (a few) more.
I am a member of the National Trust, English Heritage, RSPB and Yorkshire wildlife trust.
I was born and brought up in the South-West, but I have lived and worked in many areas of the North of England including Greater Manchester, East, West and South Yorkshire. I also recently lived for a time in Durham castle. As an undergarduate I lived and studied in London
My personal interests include archaeology and ancient history, landscape photography, hill walking (Mountain leadership/summer trained). I enjoy meeting people from any parts of the world and sharing knowledge and experience.
I can give tours of Yorkshire and surrounding areas including wildlife and photographic, history and architecture, archaeology, geology and scenery.
Visits to local attractions such as Spurn Point, York, Beverley and Lincoln minsters, "The DEEP", Castle Howard, all with the personal experience and energy of a keen local photographer.
Half day and day tours, pick up from Ferry terminal and all other transport links in Yorkshire area.
Personalised custom made tours by arrangement. See video clip for a few of my images of the area.
Suggested sample locations for a 7 day tour: Start oxford,
day 1 Avebury, Stonehenge, Stourhead overnight near Bath,
day 2 Cotswolds, overnight Warwick,
day 3 Derbyshire dales, overnight castleton area,
day 4 haworth and the dales, overnight Hawes area,
day 5 the lake district (Beatrix potter, Wordsworth) overnight Keswick area,
day 6 Hadrian's Wall, overnight Alnwick,
day 7 Northumberland castles and Holy Island,
end Berwick upon Tweed (this means you can take a train out of London at the beginning at into Edinburgh at the end, for example). Accommodation for the party is not included, but I can help you find suitable places for a variety of Budgets, including castles and historic houses
A Recent Review of this guide
Just a great tour. I have used Toursbylocals maybe 20 times and never had a bad experience but Keith's tour was certainly the best. He's down to earth. Right away I felt like I was going around with a friend. A friend with an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject. Which can be the entirety of England and Wales and I know he guides at least as far as Edinburgh. Amazing.
I have two bachelors degrees and two masters degrees in addition to my teaching qualifications (in Geology, Psychology, Anthropology and teaching research)I also have a level 3 qualification in Photography and am happy to tutor landscape.