Meet some of our holiday experts

Our tour leaders are as passionate about walking and discovering the world as you are. Experienced in leading, usually, but not necessarily in the area of the holiday, each has their own individual style and particular talents. All are first-aid trained, holding walking qualifications commensurate with the holiday grade they lead and often have good foreign languages skills.

They’re supported by a back-office team who seek to ensure that you’ve got the best itinerary and all holiday arrangements are in place for you to enjoy.

What is unsurpassed is their wide travel knowledge and commitment to making your holiday as friendly and pleasurable as possible. We’d like to introduce you to some of them below.

Join us Our Leaders are an integral part of our short breaks and holidays and we are always interested in recruiting new leaders with the right experience, qualifications and aptitude. Click here for more information about becoming a leader.

Local Leaders and Guides

We also employ and train some local leaders as well as working with local area guides on many of our long-haul destinations.Native to the area, their friendly welcomes and special insights are hugely popular, adding real character and flavour - and keep our clients coming back for more!

Michael Hatch

Worked as a leader and tour manager for 20 years, mostly in Europe. Now Michael is home from the hills, his idea of heaven is an alpine pasture in early July, sunrise at 10,000ft or a Greek beachside taverna. He’s also at home in European cities from Seville to Istanbul. Responsible for our hutting holidays he also looks after the shore adventures on cruise itineraries. Based in the Leader’s Department he deals with leader training and enjoys finding the perfect holiday for new clients.

Marion and Dave Horley

Marion and Dave/Dennis Horley have been working together for some ten years, leading over fifty holidays to Europe, Canada, Ecuador, South Africa, and six walking/cruising holidays.  Of late they favour island holidays in the Canaries, Cape Verde and Malta.  In their previous lives, Dave was Head of an Outdoor Education Centre,  Marion was teaching music and foreign languages; so he is quite handy finding the way, she communicating with the locals.  

Nigel Blandford

From 1980 to 1999 Nigel and his family lived in Hong Kong and whilst he was there led tours to China, Thailand, Nepal and, of course, Hong Kong.  In fact, he initiated and researched the RWH Hong Kong tour and has led it many times since.  
Since leaving the Far East, Nigel has been leading tours in Europe, including Spain, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Iceland and Montenegro; and further afield in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and China. 

Angus Russell

Angus spent 12 years pretty much continuously travelling the world as a mountain walking leader, ski tour leader, holiday rep and ship’s officer.  He is now Contracts Manager as well as Brand Manager for the Ramblers Countrywide Holidays UK programme and is particularly interested the safety and legal aspects of holiday travel. He’s keen on holidays to Austria or Germany and is unusual in his enthusiasm for walking surrounded by millions of trees in the north-eastern US.

Paul Sackin

Paul has been leading since 1997. Having had a career as a GP he likes the idea of generalism so does not keep returning to a special favourite place. Instead Paul loves to share his enthusiasm for discovering new places, mainly in Europe.

Malcolm Little

Since joining our Leaders’ Panel in 2001 Malcolm has become a key figure in several of our most successful holidays. He has led many times in St Lucia, New England and Turkey. But his greatest love has been the Upper Inn Valley, where he has led our early season flower tours for 17 years. Malcolm has been invaluable in creating imaginative itineraries in all of these places. This spring Malcolm researched our new holiday in Kas, which he is sure is set to be another winner.

Jenny Williams

A former History teacher who has lived in Africa, India and Australia, Jenny has been a leader since 2008 and now enjoys leading a wide variety of tours, from leisurely sightseeing  to D+ walking in UK and abroad. Some of her favourite destinations are Portugal, the Balkans, the Himalayan foothills, Greek mainland and Northern Ireland.

David Kay

Spent 5 years leading RWH holidays all over the world and still travels as much as possible, now more often with his wife and daughter. Recent trips include Russia, Peru, Ecuador, Central America and Mexico, Armenia and Argentina. Dave is Contracts Manager for Latin America, Nepal, Italy and Eastern Europe. He is also pretty well acquainted with our North American and New Zealand programmes.

Michael Hatch
Marion and Dave Horley
Nigel Blandford
Angus Russell
Share your stories and follow the experiences of other enthusiasts.