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!



John Dixie

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

Gill Cape

Gill - is a keen traveller and long distance walker.  She has been leading for us since 2004 and truely enjoys the challenge of helping provide a holiday that all enjoy however diverse their expectations! Gill is always prepared to go the extra mile metaphorically, and sometimes literally.

Phil Tapper

After a long career in the NHS Phil travelled widely with RWH and now leads tours in the UK (with occasional sojourns abroad). Phil consistently attracts positive feedback from clients for his attention to detail and in adding extra value to their holidays with well researched and interesting facts about the area’s history. Phil feels it is a privilege to beable to share his enjoyment of the countryside with our clients.

Samzie Hale

Samzie is a qualified mountain leader and her infectious enthusiasm for her job has caused some clients to note that she seems to have more energy than a Duracell bunny. She is very passionate about walking as a way to see & experience the world . Samzie's aim on a tour is to make sure that all the people she leads have a fantastic & enjoyable experience whatever their abilities. Her favorite area for walking is Crete where she has been leading for RWH since 2009 . 

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.

Aisling Taylor

Aisling moved over from the Sales Desk to the Product Management team in February 2011 and has made it her mission to see as much of the world as possible as fast as possible! After gaining a first in Tourism Business Management at university, she took off for Africa for some independent travelling before joining RWH. Aisling now specialises in South Africa’s Cape Provinces, France and Portugal.

Karen Groenewald

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 RWH. 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.

Julian Wilkes

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 RWH. He believes that it's the best way to discover and observe the world and meet like minded people.
You ae likley to find Julian in the Austrian Alps in the summer and the Carribbean in the winter months.