Meet The Team

We have a dedicated group of walk leaders and administration staff who work together as a team to ensure your holiday is the best we can give you. We are constantly seeking to improve our walking product and add new areas of walking interest to you. We also constantly review our hotel facilities and underpinning services that make the walking programmes work.

Take a look - but pictures alone cannot tell you about our individual skills and personalities - you only get that on each holiday.

Ian Cartwright

Ian has been with Secret Hills almost from the beginning, and leads walking holidays in Shropshire, Derbyshire, The Black Mountains, Llangollen and the Dee Valley,  the Wye Valley and in Majorca. Recently retired form the Civil Service, Ian has a wealth of experience leading group holidays. Born in the Black Country, Ian now lives in Shrewsbury.

Ian relaxes by cooking, growing his own vegetables and fruit, and enjoying the restaurants in Shropshire's premier town of Shrewsbury.

Keith Oxby

Keith has a wealth of experience in running group holidays - walking and fishing in particular. He returned from working in the USA a couple of years ago, and joined our team in 2015 as a senior group leader. Keith covers the Derbyshire, Dales, Castleton, West Yorkshire and the Cotswolds.  East Midlands born, he now lives in Chesterfield

Jill Pinkerton

Jill works for us in the Lake District, Majorca, Slovenia, Gran Canaria and Tenerife and brings her own brand of caring leadership to every holiday she runs. An experienced mountain guide, she also hosts holidays in Nepal, having had many years of experience in working in that wonderful country.

Jill also contributes to Secret Hills Walkings marketing, promotions and selling operation, and has a superb knack of responding to clients needs.

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What Others Said...

Very straightforward. I had a couple of chats with Alan beforehand, who was very helpful in providing useful information as well as handy hints and tips on travel etc. The Skelwith Bridge hotel was a great base for the holiday. All the staff were friendly and welcoming. The room was comfortable and clean - not that you spend a lot of time in it, making the most of a full day's walking. Special mention about the evening meals - the quality of the food was excellent during the entire weekend Jill and Tom were excellent throughout the weekend - very friendly, welcoming and have great local knowledge to make the experience even more special. Each day we were given a clear explanation of the day's walking locations, as well as the option of a low/mid level or higher level walk. This enabled all levels in the group to be catered for. Jill was very good at checking that we were ok throughout the weekend, so I always felt well looked after. For me, Jill and Tom made the weekend special - thank you both

Debbie Tasker- August Bank holiday Lakes