David founded Langdale Walking Holidays in 1991 with a trek to Nepal and since then the company has expanded to offer walking holidays with a touch of adventure to some of the most spectacular and beautiful destinations the world has to offer. David's taste for adventure began in the British Army where he gained experience in expedition leadership with trips to Canada and Norway, as well as leading a several month long kayak trip down the Nile in Sudan. He decided to put this experience to good use and embarked on a second career in the travel business, joining a major UK travel company as their Overseas Manager. Then when he was Managing Director of Langdale Leisure Ltd, an exclusive 5-star resort in the English Lake District, David hit upon the idea of organising holidays combining high quality accommodation, walking and exciting activities with a touch of adventure - Langdale Walking Holidays was born. Since Langdale Walking Holiday's merger with Celtic Trails Walking Holidays, David continues to lead our international holiday planning and strives to seek out new and exciting destinations around the world. David is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).
Jo moved to Japan straight after graduating and the country captured her heart so much she ended up living and working there for a decade. It was here she began exploring mountains for the first time and fell in love with the snow as well. After working in tourism and leading tours around Nagano and the famous Snow Monkey Park, she returned to the UK in 2016. She now lives in Wales and continues to work in the travel industry for Celtic Trails and Langdale Walking Holidays as both holiday consultant and tour leader. Jo also has a keen interest in physiology and gained qualifications in both sports and remedial massage and Nordic Walking in which she lead walks across Dartmoor when back in her homeland of Devon. In Japan her spare time was spent in the mountains either running or hiking, at Karate class or snowboarding in the winter. Now in Wales she continues her love of the outdoors in the Welsh hills and still practices Karate at a nearby dojo.
Lesley's travel adventures started after university when she worked abroad in Germany and Australia. She took the opportunity to travel widely in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, from Singapore through Malaysia to Thailand. Since then, she has continued to explore the world. Destinations have included South America (Colombia, Peru and Chile), Africa (Kenya, Namibia and Morocco), Wadi Rum in Jordan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, Finland, Iceland, the United States and much of Europe. Her spare time is spent enjoying the outdoors, running, cycling, tennis, mountaineering or scouring the Lakeland fells. In 2012, Lesley completed Scotland's 283 Munros. She has summited a number of high altitude peaks in the Alps, Africa and Nepal. Lesley was the meets secretary for Leeds Mountaineering Club and has led a number of weekend events to the Lakes and Scotland. Her cycling endeavours include tours of Vietnam and India. She is also a keen supporter of the arts.
Geoff lives in Devon having retired from full-time employment in the engineering sector so that he could relax and travel more. When he was in the Royal Navy he qualified as a Joint Services Mountain Expedition Leader and then led expeditions in the UK and also trained young officers in "adventurous" skills. Geoff is an experienced Langdale Walking Holidays tour leader - having travelled with us to Crete, New Zealand, Patagonia, Bolivia, Peru, Galapagos Islands, Morocco and the Pyrenees. He has trekked in the Sahara, swum naked in Antarctica, canoed down the Zambezi, walked in the African bush, taken an adventure cruise around Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and done "snow activities" in Arctic Finland, as well as visiting Australia, India, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland. He regularly walks on Dartmoor and along the South West Coastal Path.
Humorous, empowering, professional.
These are just three core values that John strives to embody with all the groups he works with.
Living in the west of the Lake District, John has been part of the outdoors industry for over ten years. Making memories, nurturing talent and having adventures are the things that keeps him ticking and makes every day at work a pleasure.
From an early start John had been working as a coach for rock climbing and now spends his working time in the mountains of the English Lake District and has been lucky enough to embark on international treks and Scottish winter mountaineering. John believes that everything is better outdoors for an individual’s development, self learning and inspiration.
John has been lucky enough to visit some amazing places across the world, from the European Alps to the high peaks of the Himalayas. He is a member of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team and has made his home in Cockermouth.
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