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.

Wild walking around the North Highlands

Wild walking around the North Highlands

If you haven’t heard of the Sutherland Trail in the far north of Scotland, established by well known backpacker and hiker Cameron McNeish, well, neither had I. But this trail inspired my great hiking friend Ali to get back out in the wild and seize the moment for...

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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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Join me on future journeys

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

Lanzarote

26th February 2022

Lanzarote My husband (Tim) and I will be leading this 2 grade holiday for RWH in February. It‘s an island from which we have many happy memories from previous visits, we love the volcanic landscapes and beautiful colours. 26th February  for 7 nights

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Tour du Mont Blanc July 2022

July 2022

Just two or three places remaining on the Ramblers Walking Holidays Tour du Mont Blanc treks that I’m leading next year. Join me on this iconic walk. Just because you get to stay in some lovely hotels, doesn’t mean your have to miss a single step of th …

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Plans for 2021/2022

There will be some, I’m sure, but where and when? So difficult to plan. After a flurry of lovely UK tours I’m taking some time to romp around the Scottish Highlands, and then see what the autumn brings. At this stage, if there’s a trip you’re thinking …

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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.

Snowshoe adventures 2022

5th - 9th February or 26th - 30th March

Fancy walking in the wild snowy places to free the spirit? Look no further. I’m offering two dates for adventures in 2022: 5th – 9th February and 26th – 30th March The format will be either my three day trip, or can be extended to 5 days with a mountai …

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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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Mountain notebook

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

Chocolate, anyone?

Chocolate, anyone?

The connection is: firstly, I can safely say chocolate is an essential ingredient of my mountain days, and secondly, my daughter makes fabulous home made chocolate. So what better reasons than those, to promote her small artisan business, making delicious bespoke...

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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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