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HQ team

  1. Photo of Wendy Carter.

    Wendy Carter

    Founder & Numero Uno

    Wendy started it all off and heads up the team at HQ. When she's not playing tennis and golf or checking out trips abroad and at home, she rides a folding Airnimal and walks very fast, but always takes a couple of plastic bags for picking fruit and mushrooms and collecting interesting bits.

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    Simon Eckett

    Travel Sage

    Born and brought up in South America, Simon is an inveterate traveller and is passionate about organising tours for others, walking and cycling, combining the outdoors with places of historic and artistic interest. He loves the UK's OS maps and thinks they are the best in the world.

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    Carolyn Priestley

    Logistics Wizard

    Carolyn is more likely to been seen out running than on a bike but she has dusted off her bike since joining the Carter Company and cycled with her family on some of our routes. In her spare time she likes jumping out of airplanes. Scary!

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    Nicola Smith

    Marketing Maestro

    Nicola joined our HQ team four years ago with lots of previous experience in the hotel and travel industry. She loves walking in the local area, with her dog Dylan, and as well as being ace with our hotel partners, Nicola also looks after our marketing and business development. Having recently cycled our Lochs and Glens Tour, she is now a huge fan of E-Bikes!

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    Amy Dysart

    Rising Star

    Amy has a passion for nature and loves walking and exploring the local area. She is a keen writer using her exploits and surroundings as inspiration. Walking – or maybe running the West Highland Way, is on her To do list for this year.

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    Iona Carter

    Brand Mastermind

    Iona loves long walks but does a fair bit of cycling around town on her (slightly rusty) gold Raleigh Mixte. She's a bit of a book worm, so she loves our 'In the footsteps of famous writers' walking holiday. She recommends following your nose if you want to discover those hidden gems!

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    Josh Carter

    Enterprise Architect

    Josh travels a lot, mostly on planes and trains but he loves hiking in mountains and sampling the best local dishes as he's a foodie. Engaging with the locals is what he does best and he finds they always have a fascinating tale to tell.

  8. We want to thank you all for going the extra mile for us. You were all so professional, friendly, helpful and planned a perfect tour at the last minute

    Carol and Ned
    A Cotswold ride to Bath

Holiday hosts

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    Rob McDermott

    Oxford and Cotswolds Host

    Rob has more bikes than Bradley Wiggins! He has been with the company for quite a few years - as Operations Manager until he took over this role recently. He knows the ropes and the routes inside out! He suggests a padded seat cover might be a good idea for your trip if you aren’t used to cycling.

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    Simon Reed

    Kent Host

    Simon loves restoring classic cars but has also been a two wheel fan for many years – usually motorbikes! Lately though he and his American wife have really enjoyed exploring Oregon cities by bike. He's one of Kent's fine local producers, and keen to give you a tour and tasting in his cidery.

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    Ian Jones

    Lake District Host

    Ian is a very experienced walker and super qualified guide in the Lake District - an area he adores and knows like the back of his hand. He thoroughly enjoys meeting our clients from all corners of the globe and recommends visiting the area in the spring when the wild flowers are blooming in the valleys but the hills may be dusted with snow.

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    Anna Gray

    Lake District Host

    Anna is a qualified Guide focusing on Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District. She loves meeting people, delving into local history and collecting fascinating stories to pass on to clients. Her top tip for walkers is to question everything you encounter! As Henry David Thoreau once said: ‘It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see!’

  5. I have recommended you to everyone I know! Rob, Wendy and our host Mike were wonderfully service oriented and great to work with.

    Lisa
    Tailor-made cycling holiday

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    Ian Wallace

    Devon Host

    Ian walks with his wife in Devon and rides his Pinarello on his own - good job too given the speed he goes! His message to anyone thinking of taking a holiday in his area is to come with a sense of adventure and be prepared to be wowed.

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    Mike Cooper

    Cotswolds Host

    Mike has always lived in the Cotswolds and has never tired of walking and cycling in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is always 'something' new to explore. But he has been known to leave 'Gods Country' and cycle and walk extensively around the world... nevertheless, the Cotswolds remains his spiritual home.

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    Gavin MacBain Meldrum

    Scotland Host

    Black highland cattle and haggis and tatties Road signs in Gaelic And crowdie on oatcakes Pine martens dancing in stone circle rings These are a few of my favourite things Dinners of scallops whilst moored in a bay Clynelish in plenty Deer forests and osprey Castles on lochs used by warrior kings These are a few of my favourite things

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    Dudley Parker

    Yorkshire Host

    Dudley is a qualified Blue Badge and also a York Minster Guide with a keen sense of humour and an appreciative knowledge of highways, byways and select watering holes throughout the Ridings. He relishes sharing his knowledge with visitors to enhance and extend their appreciation of this diverse and beautiful County. 'Get thissen here, tha’ll be reet welcome'

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    Jon Cluett

    Scotland Host

    Jon moved to Scotland in 1998 to study Environmental Sciences at University and learn how to climb ice! He has achieved both of these goals and has had many adventures along the way, both in Scotland and further afield. He's now settled in the Trossachs area and recommends you always take a filling snack in your backpack when walking in Scotland.

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    Paul Arries

    Cornwall Host

    Paul moved across the border from Devon to Cornwall 10 years ago and has been exploring the county on his bike ever since, usually the longer rides take in a Cornish pub for lunch!! His tip for an easy ride in this hilly county is to ensure you have a quality E bike!

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    Paul Edwards

    West Wales Host

    Having taken holidays in west Wales since the age of two, Paul opened a walkers' hostel on the Ceredigion Coast Path over ten years ago. He organised the Cardigan Walks Festival for many years and is regularly to be found on the coast path. He has a passion for local history, myths and legends.

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    Louise Jowett

    North Wales Host

    Living in north Wales for over 30 years, Louise has spent much of this time exploring the mountains, paths, trails, beaches, and cafes. Her passion for walking, cycle touring and off road biking has resulted in extensive knowledge of the area which she is keen to share with others. Touring Wales by bike is the best way to enjoy the magnificent landscape and meet other people.

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    Graham Tayler

    North Wales Host

    Graham loves his bikes. Motorbikes; mountain bikes; touring bikes and E bikes are his passion, riding and fixing them. He is a qualified CYTEC bike mechanic and when he is not fixing bikes he is mapping and riding new routes and loves to explore remote places. His tip for enjoying your ride, be prepared for all weather, check out the cafes on route and stay near a good pub!

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    Steve Adams

    Dorset and New Forest Host

    Steve grew up in the New Forest and has lived and worked there his whole life. He has worked as a volunteer ranger for the Forestry Commission and runs small guided walks. Steve enjoys meeting people and takes pleasure in showing them the most beautiful parts of the area. His top tip is to make sure you bring layers of clothing and a decent sized rucksack so you can make adjustments for changes in the weather.

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    Veronica Hall

    Brittany Host

    Veronica rides a Trek T100 tandem with her husband John and a Giant FCR when she's on her own. Her top tip for having fun on your holiday is to take your time to fully appreciate your surroundings.

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    John Hall

    Brittany Host

    When not cycling with his wife on their tandem, John rides a Simoncini Corsa-Strada. He advises wearing hi-vis clothing and padded shorts. Be bold he says and always sample the local delicacies on holiday.

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    Javier Bartolomé

    Spain Host

    Javier loves his Orbea Hybrid. His advice to anyone booking a tour in Spain is... don't forget the sun cream, a Spanish phrase book and an open mind.

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    Julia Perez

    Majorca Host

    Julia likes hiking in the rural area of the island and enjoys a good Mediterranean meal with some Mallorcan wine with her family in Soller. Her top tip is to make sure that you don't miss the chance to taste some tapas in the Bar Día in Palma.

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    Fred van der Meer

    Portugal Host

    Fred loves cycling and believes it is the best way to get to know the details of a new country. He says the Algarve is an excellent area for cycling because of the variety in scenery - great coastal views on one side and rural mountains on the other.

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    Sonja Fontaine

    Provence Host

    Sonja loves the outdoors and after completing her tourism studies in the UK she moved to the South of France, her new playground and second home. The very day a great new restaurant opens, she’s at its doorstep and knows where to find all the hidden gems. Take a local Carter Company guide with you for half a day and get even more of the inside story!

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    Martha Lees

    Provence Host

    British by nature, French by nurture, Martha has spent over a decade in France working in the hotel and travel industry in the French Alps and then in Brittany, before settling in Provence. Martha enjoys calm evening walks with her dog, running around after her two young children and a nice (large) glass of red wine!

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    Conor Bolger

    Ireland Host

    Conor is a huge fan of the outdoors and adventure, having experienced the fjords of New Zealand and climbed the highest peaks in South America. He is calm, patient and entertaining with that droll Irish humour which will have you at ease as soon as he meets you.

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    Gabriel Rodriguez

    Ireland Host

    Gabriel can tell you all you need to know about hiking, cycling, rafting, kayaking and fly-fishing, learnt back home in Chile. He now lives in Ireland where he can indulge his passion for adventure and the outdoors and share it with others. His motto is: be inquisitive, be safe.

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    Taiel Croce

    Argentina Host

    Born and raised in Bariloche, Taiel has cycled every corner by bike and has many stories of Patagonia which he loves to share with guests. As well as having a love for nature, Taiel is also a lifeguard and paramedic.

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    Saulius Ruzinskas

    Lithuania Host

    Saulius cycles on an assortment of bikes in the Lithuanian Sahara - that is the 'Curonian Spit' to the rest of us! Customers he says too often forget to bring swimsuits, binoculars and an EU electric plug converter - so be warned!

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    Peter Vos

    Holland Host

    Peter has five bikes, but his favorite bike is his mountain bike. He loves the 'Highlights of Holland' tour (no surprises there!) because it shows the variety in the Dutch landscape, the history of the land and the Dutch way of life. Always stop and chat, he says - the Dutch love to talk!