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 specialized hybrid and walks very fast, but always takes a couple of plastic bags for picking fruit and mushrooms and collecting interesting bits.

  2. Photo of Simon Eckett.

    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.

  3. Photo of Carolyn Priestley.

    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!

  4. Photo of Nicola Smith.

    Nicola Smith

    Accommodation Queen

    Nicola joined our HQ team last year. She loves walking in the local area, around the Chiltern Hills, with her family and Dillon the dog. As well as being ace in the office, Nicola is an expert on health nutrition. Her dream Carter Company holiday is 'A Cotswold ride to Bath'. We'll get you there Nicola!

  5. Photo of Amy Dysart.

    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.

  6. Photo of Iona Carter.

    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!

  7. Photo of Josh Carter.

    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. Photo of Amy Smith.

    Amy Smith

    Digital Scribe

    Amy shares her time between the Chiltern hills and Lancaster, way up north near the Scottish border where she loves taking a ramble in the wild countryside there and the beautiful Lake District nearby. As an avid writer she finds heaps of inspiration from the landscape and is itching to explore Dorset - probably on foot rather than on 2 wheels.

  9. 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

  1. Photo of Rob McDermott.

    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 restorating 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 and taking advantage of the excellent bike “ride and park schemes” in Seville and Paris in particular. Simon was a volunteer at the London Olympics and used his extended London stay to explore extensively by bike our capital city.

  3. Photo of Ian Jones.

    Ian Jones

    Lake District

    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.

  4. Photo of Ian Wallace.

    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.

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

    Tailor-made holiday

  6. Photo of Lindsay Mackinnon.

    Lindsay Mackinnon

    Scotland Host

    Lindsay enjoys cycling and walking throughout the Highlands of Scotland with friends and family. He believes that cycling trips are best when you start early in the morning. You'll see more wildlife and fewer cars and have most of the miles under your belt by lunchtime. Pack good quality cycling shorts and maybe even bring a saddle you are already on good terms with.

  7. Photo of Oscar Jenkinson.

    Oscar Jenkinson

    Dorset & Hampshire Host

    Oscar has a keen taste for adventure cycling and travel writing, most recently completing a solo month-long tour of Northern Thailand. When he’s at home he's exploring the New Forest on his Sven Cycles Pathfinder, and loves sharing little-known local secret spots with visitors.

  8. Photo of Mike Cooper.

    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.

  9. Photo of Paul Edwards.

    Paul Edwards

    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.

  10. Photo of Peter Vos.

    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!

  11. Photo of Veronica Hall.

    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.

  12. Photo of John Hall.

    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.

  13. Photo of Graham Davidson.

    Graham Davidson

    Bordeaux Host

    Graham is just as happy on a bike as he is on his beloved boat. He suggests packing quality cycling shorts, accepting that queues at the hotel check-out desk are social occasions and taking the time to enjoy the ride.

  14. Photo of Javier Bartolomé.

    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.

  15. Photo of Saulius Ruzinskas.

    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!

  16. Photo of Fred van der Meer.

    Fred van der Meer

    Portugal Host

    Fred loves cycling and believes it is the best way to get to know a new country and is the most efficient way to transport yourself from A to B. He says that the Algarve is an excellent area for cycling because of the variety in scenery, there's trails and roads with great coastal views on one side and rural mountain scenery on the other.