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OUR GUIDES

All our guides are local to area and have been selected for their in-depth knowledge and patience and are the key to the success of our guided tours.


ROBERT TALBOT

Robert trained as a cartographer and worked for an international book publisher before his love of walking took over. He loves maps and walking and enjoys showing people around the quintessential Cotswolds.


An active Cotswold Voluntary Warden, Robert spends some of his spare time mending stiles, gates, and repairing drystone walls.  Through the Cotswold Conservation Board, he has trained in hedgelaying, coppicing and leading guided walks. Robert is also a Cotswold Way Voluntary Warden and patrols a section of this National Trail regularly.


He has lived in the Cotswolds for 22 years and is experienced in leading interpretive walks in the Cotswolds.


Robert is the creator of the Winchcombe Way and author of the Winchcombe Way Guide with appearances on radio and TV and featured in Country Walking magazine. He is also the secretary of "Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome".


His love of walking has resulted in an invitation to talk in Japan and meet Julia Bradbury in her new series of walking programmes.

Robert Talbot


Robert leads the Scenic Cotswold Walking Guided Tour.


Read more on our blog: Introducing Robert Talbot and A Day in the Life of Robert Talbot.


STEVEN BLAKE

Before taking early retirement in 2006 Steve worked at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum for 30 years, where he eventually filled the post of Museum & Collections Manager. He has a particular interest in the history and architecture of Gloucestershire, and especially the County’s medieval churches, and is a member of the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee on the Care of Churches. He is also Chairman of the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council’s Local History Committee and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.


STUART MANTON

Originally from Gloucestershire, Stuart lived in the Cotswolds for several years. He is actively involved in landscape conservation for the Woodland Trust working on the Cotswold escarpment and has a keen interest in the history of the English Landscape. He has extensive experience of walking in the area, including the Cotswold Way National Trail, and is an active member of local history and naturalist societies.


JANE BINGHAM

Jane BinghamAuthor of The Cotswolds: A Cultural History (Signal Books and Oxford University Press, 2009) and a prolific writer of history books for young people, Jane also writes on English heritage in the national and local press. Jane gives tours and talks on the Cotswolds and has served twice as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University.


Jane Bingham leads the Arts & Crafts Guided Tour.


Read more on our blog: Introducing Jane Bingham


ANDREW GUPPY

Having spent many years as a tour guide for an international travel company finding a career closer to home that was going to offer the same rewards was not easy. The opportunity soon arose when the previous owners of Cotswold Walks were looking for someone to take over the running of the company. Having successfully grown the company and living in the heart of the Cotswolds, my passion for walking and leading tours enables me to get out of the office as much as possible and meet our clients. I hope to see you soon should you wish to join us on one of our wonderful walking tours.

"Dealing with clients and organising tours has always been a very satisfying way to earn a living and working in the Cotswolds is a such a bonus that I never want to leave."


Arts and Crafts TourArts and Crafts Guided Tour

Discover how the Arts and Crafts movement influenced historic gardens, country houses and modern day decorative arts on this tour.
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Scenic Cotswolds TourScenic Cotswolds Guided Walking Tour

Join our Scenic Cotswolds walking tour and explore a true walker's heaven in idyllic English countryside.
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Cotswold TreasuresCotswold Treasures Guided Tour

With the help of our expert guides we bring the history of the Cotswolds to life on this unique guided walking tour.
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