Profile updated 18/08/18
I am fortunate to live with my family in the beautiful and fascinating city of Bath. We moved here from London in 2002; our teenage boys go to school in Bath.
I also know the rest of the West Country very well. I grew up in Dorset and Somerset, and am a qualified Blue Badge Guide for the South West of England, which covers Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
As well as working as a guide, I am also a long-established travel journalist. I am The Daily Telegraph's Bath expert – you can read my articles on my home city, as well as on other places in the South West and elsewhere, here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/team/fred-mawer/. I also regularly contribute to the travel section of the Mail on Sunday: for many years I have written its travel advice column, as The Crafty Traveller.
When not working or travelling, I can often be found taking my dog for a walk in the lovely countryside around Bath, or playing tennis.
Around Bath, Bristol
|Churches & Cathedrals||
Salisbury, Wells, Exeter, Bristol, Gloucester, Truro cathedrals; Bath Abbey
|History & Prehistory||
Roman and Georgian Bath; Stonehenge and Avebury
|Food & Drink||
Best places to eat and drink – restaurants, pubs, cafés – especially in Bath and Somerset
Across the South West region, especially in the Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire areas
In-depth tours of Georgian Bath
Covering Isambard Kingdom Brunel sights in Bristol
|Folklore & Traditions||
Arthurian legend in the South West, from mystical Glastonbury in Somerset down to dramatic Tintagel in Cornwall
|Geography & Geology||
The geological wonders of the Jurassic Coast (Dorset and east Devon); the moody Somerset Levels
All my tours place heritage and history into a contemporary context
The Kennet And Avon Canal; the Great Western Railway; maritime Bristol and Plymouth
Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG), BA (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)