Do I need to be a experienced walker/hiker already?
Not at all. Walks are graded (easy, medium & challenging) and further details are included in the description of the event. You can therefore choose according to your ability.
Do you cater for vegans, vegetarians, food intolerances and allergies?
Yes, not a problem, as long as I know in advance.
Do I need to be able to use a map and compass?
No, I'll deal with that, but if you'd like to learn, I can teach you!
How far will we walk?
Walks will differ depending on ability. A description will be detailed on the event details.
Do you run any courses teaching people to navigate?
Yes, I run beginners, intermediate, advanced and night navigation courses.
I'm a bit unfit. Will I be left at the back of the group?
No! We will walk at the pace of the slowest member of the group. I'm not a fast walker myself. It's not a race, we're there to enjoy the day as a group.
What does a day out cost?
Details of the route, menu and costs are in the event entry on the shop page and the 'Pricing & Bookings' page.
What regions do you do the walks in?
I mostly lead walks in The Cheviot Hills and The Lake District. I have also worked in the Scottish & Welsh mountains, but this would involve overnight stays. Please contact me to discuss.
What if the weather is bad?
I run the walks in all weather. Walks will only be cancelled and money refunded or walks rescheduled if the MET office weather forecast says it would be unsafe to be out in the hills/mountains.
What ages can take part?
Any ages can take part as long as they are willing! My daughter climbed her first Munro (Scottish mountain over 3000ft) aged 4! To date I thinks she has been up The Cheviot 5 times.
Can I bring my dog(s)?
Yes, if you like. I normally have my two with me. They would have to be suitable to be around a group of course.
What about transport to the location of the walk?
I can fit five in my transporter, so am happy to take the first five. After that, you could make your own way there or I would try and organise a car share.
What if one of the group gets injured?
I am Casualty Care trained through The RNLI and carry a comprehensive first aid kit, so endeavour to deal with anything I can manage myself. For anything serious and beyond my capability I would call upon Mountain Rescue.
Will I be safe?
Yes. Nothing will be beyond the ability of the group.
How many people will be in the group?
Probably around 5 or 6 normally. I sometimes organise family days for 10/12 so keep an eye on the calendar.
Will everyone be on the same menu?
Yes, as I have to carry everything! Actual menus would be designed to suit the entire group and take into consideration dietary requirements on the day.
Will I be expected to carry anything?
I will ask the group to share carrying items such as the plates, mugs, cutlery etc, but I will carry the rest.
Will you take me out in the hills without the catering?
Yes, I'm quite happy to do this. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have full insurance through The Mountain Training Association to lead groups in the mountains and hills of the UK.
What equipment/clothing will I need?
If you have any further questions, please email me here