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!



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.

Leigh Lucas

Leigh started travelling at the age of 4, when her father was posted to Germany with the Air Force. There followed a childhood of exploring new places to live every couple of years, including Malta - where the Mediterranean climate and lifestyle seeped well and truly into her bones! In addition it instilled a love of travel, adventure and meeting people from all over the world. Leigh also loves the mountains and is a keen skier who has spent a winter living and working in the Alps. She enjoys any excuse for outdoor activity and is always looking for new opportunities and places to explore.

Daniela Sartori

Of Italian origins, Daniela has lived in the UK for the last 30 years but has never forgotten her love for the Alps where she comes from. She joined RWH in 2012 after retiring from teaching Modern Languages. What better opportunity to pursue a lifelong interest in exploring the world in the company of like-minded people than being a leader?  She has a relaxed leadership style, an easy manner, flexibility in catering for all abilities and is particularly skilled at "herding cats". You can find Daniela leading in Italy, the Mediterranean, Costa Rica, Cuba and of course in the Dolomites with Adagio.  

Trish Bartley

Trish is mostly kept busy teaching languages in UK and Spain, TEFL training and studying human rights. However, she hopes to find more time soon to walk and cycle around our wonderful world.

Trish usually leads in Spain and the Canary Islands but having lived in East Africa for a few years she is equally happy travelling off the beaten track.  She also hopes to start learning Swahili in the coming years

Alan and Amanda Williams

Alan and Mandy Williams have been leading for RWH since 2011 in Britain, Italy and Greece and specialise in the 2 Leader, 2 Grade Holidays at Grades D plus, D and E.  They are particularily fond of the Cruise and Walk holidays operated in conjunction with Fred Olsen but really love all the holidays they have led.

Alison Mellor

Alison’s love of the mountains and travel has taken her all over the world.  She feels very lucky to lead for RWH as she loves the environment, the activity and above all the great variety of people and personalities that she meets.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge of history and architecture (being a surveyor by trade) .  After spending a few years managing a gold mine with the National trust and farmers in Wales she retrained as a Mountain Leader and now spends almost half her year abroad – why not join her?

Adrian Flatt

Adrian has travelled widely, working and leading walks in many countries of the world.   Adrian joined RWH as a Leader in 2008; wherever he goes he takes a close interest in the language, culture and history of the local people.  A member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a keen photographer, his other hobbies have included sailing and gliding.

Gemma Smith

Gemma spent many happy years exploring the globe including the USA, South East Asia, chalet hosting in the French Alps and has searched almost every corner of Australia. Whilst here she was lucky enough to work aboard a ship sailing the Great Barrier Reef and beyond, and the most glamorous; picking fruit and laying turf in Perth! Joining the RWH planning team in 2008 has not slowed her down, her bags are always packed ready for the next rambling adventure.