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, hold walking leader qualifications commensurate with the grade of holidays they lead and often have good foreign language skills.
What is unsurpassed is their resourcefulness, wide travel knowledge and commitment to making your holiday as friendly and as pleasurable as possible.
Passionate, Knowledgeable Tour Leaders
Our tour leaders turn a good holiday into a great one. Carefully selected by us, they are highly experienced, all holding walking qualifications, with specialist expertise ranging from botany to archaeology. Their skills and personalities mean that they will bring your trip alive, acting as a friend and a guide to the whole group.
For them, being a Ramblers Walking tour leader is a way of life, not just a job. They are entirely dedicated to ensuring that you have the holiday experience of a lifetime. And although they’re leading a group holiday, our tour leaders won’t lose sight that every group is made up of individuals.
Whether on the world’s most beautiful walks or in the many fascinating villages and cities we visit, our leaders’ primary role is to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday. They are often mines of information on local history and the natural world, and many are accomplished linguists, providing you with a deeper insight into local cultures.
We also employ and train some local tour leaders as well as working with trained or specialist local area guides on many of our long haul or developing destinations. Native to the area, their friendly welcome and special insights are hugely popular further enhancing your experience of the country, adding real character and flavour - and keeping our clients coming back for more!
Some holidays, to enhance the local experience, as well as your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader we also appoint a local guide to join the group for some or all of the holiday. This is particularly the case on sightseeing or long haul holidays.
Free or Rest Days
On most holidays, the tour leader will have one day’s break a week, enabling you to have a ‘free’ day too!
Meet some of our Tour Leaders
We have a team of over 250 leaders worldwide, each with their own individual style, particular talents and favourite destinations. They help make your guided walking holiday experience extra special. Learn more about our tour leaders across the globe by reading their unique profiles.
Tour Leaders' Responsibilities
Being a group holiday, the success of each holiday depends to a great extent on the ability and preparedness of group members to participate and cooperate with both the Tour Leader and their travelling companions.
As our leader is responsible for the smooth operation of the holiday arrangements and the wellbeing of all group members, although the he or she will be there to support and encourage anyone anxious or experiencing a little difficulty on some parts of the programme, you must be generally able to cope reasonably with the demands of the holiday programme without placing disproportionate demands on either the tour leader or your travelling companions. If the leader reasonably believes that an included walk or activity would be beyond your capability they may require you to not participate in a part or all of the programme.
Also, being responsible for the safety of all group members, he or she may occasionally feel it necessary adopt a more cautious approach than would perhaps be considered reasonable by an individual member of the group.
Ramblers Walking Holidays Tour Leaders
If you are a current Ramblers Walking Holidays Tour Leader you can access the dedicated Tour Leaders’ Website for information and advice.