Come join me on my adventures as an International Mountain Leader

My love of the mountains began at age 12 when my parents took me on my first hiking trip. I was deeply inspired by that experience, and to this day my passion for the mountains has not left me. It has only grown.

These days, I explore the mountains with family, friends and the many wonderful groups I lead as an International Mountain Leader – all around the world.

Here I would like to share with you my memories, stories, advice and inspiration so you can plan your own amazing journey – or even join me on one of mine.

Stories from the mountains

Every journey has a story. Discover some of my completed adventures – read the stories, see the pictures and if you were there, then relive the memories.

West Highland Way: 9 reasons why I’ll walk this again

West Highland Way: 9 reasons why I’ll walk this again

I did a recce because I was going to lead this for RWH in October. Alas, that’s cancelled because the hotel and transport had huge price increases after covid, and it was no longer viable. But all is not lost, I know for sure this is an area to re visit, so if RWH...

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Just in time in the Lake District

Just in time in the Lake District

We felt pretty lucky to have squeezed this one in, lockdown number 2 being announced on the final day of our tour. A fabulous week it was too, for so many reasons. The group of 9 guests were as lovely as ever, but unusual, and good, that many were joining a Ramblers...

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Hello new look website

Hello new look website

Welcome. It's been a while coming, but here's the new website at last. With time on my hands I've updated all the forthcoming trips (all changed of course) and they are now listed under 'Walking' and 'Snowshoeing'. There's a 'Journal' section, where you can find all...

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Join me on future journeys

Discover the mountains, discover new places, meet like minded new friends and experience the joy of walking and wandering.

2021 What are the chances?

There will be some, I’m sure, but what and where?? The best bet: walking in the UK, all looks very hopeful indeed. I have fabulous tours leading for Ramblers Walking Holidays. 2nd June The Beautiful Southern Lake District 5 nights and easy walking on l …

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Dreaming of travelling next year?

It might be foolish to plan, perhaps at this stage it‘s better just to dream. Here are some of the possibilities.  Snowshoeing looks unlikely, though April might be possible, depending on the snow April in the Lake District with Ramblers from Hassness …

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The Walkers Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt11th to 25th August

August 2021

Another iconic trek. Unbeatable high level hut to hut walking. We’ll be making a bee line for the very best of the high mountain huts and paths, interspersed with the prettiest villages. After the disappointment of cancelling this trip for 2020, this i …

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What people say about
my guided trips

“Julia’s enthusiasm, knowledge and leadership skills guarantee that those in her company will not only have a wonderful time but feel they are in very safe hands.

She has the ability to encourage people to gently step outside their comfort zones, which means that the memories created will last forever.

Although Julia has complete control, her leadership style is such that people aren’t really aware that they’re being led.”

Lesley from London

“I have walked with Julia in many different locations, in all weathers in the UK and in Chamonix – and with my fitness at varying levels too.

She is both great company and a knowledgeable and experienced guide. I would trust her to take me anywhere – if Julia says that it is OK, it will be. If Julia says that I can do it, I know I will.

There is a Peruvian proverb that makes me smile and think of Julia coaxing me up a hill… Poco a poco se anda lejos (Little by little one walks far) Or as Julia says: ‘Little Steps, Little Steps…”

Lucy from Birmingham

Stay in the beautiful Chamonix Les Praz

I have a lovely chalet apartment available for occasional rental. It’s a wonderful spot for both the summer and winter seasons – for skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing, walking and exploring the breathtaking nature.

Guided snowshoe trips around Chamonix

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of ski resorts lie undiscovered gems of unspoiled snow magic and all the drama of the mountain peaks. Join me on a tour of my best-kept secret spots to explore.

5 – day snowshoe adventure and mountain hut night

23rd March to 27th March 2021

A real adventure in the mountains, including a night in a cozy mountain cabin! 5 full days of guided snowshoe hiking around Chamonix Includes all necessary equipment (just bring your hiking boots) Leisurely lunches in beautiful surroundings 1 Overnight …

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3 – day weekend snowshoe adventure

18th March to 20th March 2021

Experience crisp snow, clean air, unspoilt nature and the magic of the mountains! 3 full days of guided snowshoe hiking around Chamonix Includes all necessary equipment (just bring your hiking boots) Leisurely lunch in a mountain hut Transport to and f …

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Bespoke snowshoe adventure

You choose the dates!

If you would like to go as a private group or choose your own dates and itineraries, I would be more than happy to help you plan your dream trip. To add more information here about the bespoke snowshoe adventure. To add more information here about the …

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Mountain notebook

Every trip is a chance to learn interesting new stories, curiosities – and discover the many unusual plants and creatures of the mountains.

Winter Lockdown nature notes: still here!

Winter Lockdown nature notes: still here!

Ah yes, you may have noticed I missed a week, but who‘s counting? Here are my notes for the last fortnight. I think at the moment, to fast forward over the odd day isn‘t a bad idea. Walking from Dinton, near Salisbury, we saw a number of chalk streams, and these are...

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Winter Lockdown nature notes week 6

Winter Lockdown nature notes week 6

Friday. We saw a couple of blackbirds hopping jauntily about. A blackbird with the most curious white patch on his head hopped around our garden for a couple of years, disappeared, then lo! Two years later, back he came...could it have been the same bird with the very...

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Winter Lockdown Nature Notes: week 5

Winter Lockdown Nature Notes: week 5

Lichen, blobby trees and saffron!  My week started with an extension of the lovely walk south of Bath around Combe Hay and South Stoke. A highlight was walking through the long abandoned Somerset Coal canal, with the extraordinary zig zag canal construction and...

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