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 are 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!

David Rowe

Dave has always had a passion for walking and other outdoor pursuits. An energetic person with a mature, calm and approachable manner, Dave is an excellent communicator, relates well with all people, and is good humoured.  He understands from a client’s perspective what is important, and will always strive to create a positive holiday experience for his group. Since joining us Dave has led walks in the South West of England, Wales, and also across Europe. 

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. 

Chris Hutchinson

Chris enjoys Scandinavia, the Alps and northern Europe but finds himself increasingly attracted to the warmth and weather of the Mediterranean.
He hopes that during his tours clients not only get to know and enjoy different landscapes but see them from the perspectives of the people who live there. His favourite thing about leading is seeing a group of smiling people on the last day of the tour.

Lawrence Jones

After a decade of living and working in Southern Germany and travelling extensively in Europe and further afield, Lawrence joined Ramblers Worldwide Holidays in 2011. He has led mostly in Germany and Portugal and enjoys learning much more about the local geography, history and culture.

Paul Lyons

Paul is a draughtsman and carpenter by profession. He’s a Geordie who grew up speaking German. He is known for his safety conscious, enthusiastic, encouraging and enabling style which is well spiced with character and  banter. Paul has the summer Mountain Leadership qualification and has led many mountain hutting holidays as well as suggesting and surveying new ones.

Norman Payne

After a career in Management, Norman began to lead for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays eight years ago.  He enthusiastically looks after the interests of clients, with the aim of ensuring all have a special holiday experience.  Feeling privileged to be involved with Ramblers he has led a variety of tours to include long haul, cruises and the latest adagio holidays.

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.  

John Dixie

John is passionate about travel and particularly since taking early retirement has traveled extensively. He has a great interest in history and culture and loves introducing people to new places and countries while leading for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, both land-based holidays and Cruise and Walk.