Meet some of our holiday experts
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.
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!
Karen Groenewald leads mainly in Italy and in South Africa where for many years she was based and met her husband Fred - also a tour leader with Ramblers Worldwide. A prolific explorer of (usually) wonderful places, Karen is one of our most travelled and experienced tour leaders. Fluent in several languages and a commited traveller, Karen’s specialities are wild flowers, birds and mammals; her husband Fred seems to know something about everything.
Sally used to analyse clay in a lab in Stowmarket. Now she lives in St Lucia and strolls down to the beach every morning for a swim. Sally loves the islands incredibly varied terrain and the easy going people. Her relaxed style of leadership reflects this, and she has the happy knack of tailoring the walks to suit all abilities. When we can tempt her over here, she leads in Italy and Greece.
Leading at all grades from Ss/D to C+/B since 2004, Alun still enjoys not only the challenge of Hutting Tours but also Snowshoeing in the Alps in the Winter quite apart from leading elsewhere in Europe, the Canadian Rockies, India and Bhutan as well as New Zealand.
Mike has visited all parts of the UK and Eire and with walking mates, and spent a week in Scotland bagging the more scenic Munro’s. Home turf is the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales he has also lived in North Eastern Spain close to the Pyrenees - great trekking. Mike is very interested in the world environment and the history and culture of the places he has visited. Retirement has afforded him the opportunity to become a Rambler’s Leader which he finds thoroughly rewarding especially meeting new people.
I have been leading since 1997. Having had a career as a GP I like the idea of generalism so do not keep returning to a special favourite place. Instead I love sharing my enthusiasm at discovering new places, mainly in Europe.
Since discovering his passion for walking he has completed a round of the 2000ft hills in England and Wales and is about 4 trips away from completing the Monros. He has travelled extensively with his work, in the entertainment industry and is no stranger to leading walking holidays in the UK. He has lead tours to Cyprus, Morocco, Madeira and Portugal and hopes to explore many other of the great destinations on offer.
Marjorie has trekked and travelled in many parts of the world and frequently travels to the USA where Marjorie spends time with her family. Marjorie is married to Mike who is also a Ramblers Woldwide leader and since retiring 5 years ago now divides her time between home in the Lake District and Catalonia in Northern Spain, in both locations she can indulge in her love of outdoors and walking.
Debbie has a lifelong love for exploring and her favourite area is the Himalayan region where she has travelled extensively. Asia is a continent which is a feast for the senses; from its vibrant colours, exotic smells, dramatic mountain scenery and the wonderful culture of the Himalayan people. Debbie is a qualified art historian, her area of expertise being Biddhist and Hindu inconography and temple architecture so if you have her as your tour leader you will benefit from her additional knowledge.
Weekend walking became more important than a corporate career in management for Julian, so he quit and qualified as a full time tour leader for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. He believes that it's the best way to discover and observe the world and meet like minded people.