Ian Newman

Profile updated 12/10/18

Regional Qualification(s):

South West



Phone Number(s):

07739 667543, 01985 840049

Contact guide


My name is Ian Newman. I live on Salisbury Plain, close to Stonehenge and midway between the historic cities of Bath and Salisbury. I grew up next to the river Tamar (the natural border between Cornwall and Devon) near to the seafaring city of Plymouth. My previous employment has included deep sea fishing, the military and medicine.

With family ties in Bath, Bristol, Plymouth, Cornwall and the Cotswolds it's fair to say that I have a very strong sense of belonging to the South West of England. I like nothing better than to share my love of (and insights into) the area.

I have been organising walking tours in the South West for 25 years and have walked the South West Coast Path (all six hundred odd miles of it, five times). My special areas of interest include ecology, folklore, prehistory, history (ancient, medieval and early modern), fine dining and local produce (in the South West we are 'spoiled for choice').

I am equally comfortable escorting driver-guided trips, country walks, town walks, themed tours or escorting coach parties from cruise ships.

Personal Interests:

Myths, legends and folklore
walking and hiking
local crafts and industries
local food and drink
Industrial heritage

Special Interests:

Birds & Animals

Having grown up (and still living) in the heart of the countryside I have a lifelong interest in wildlife and a good depth of knowledge of it.Having a daughter with an ecology degree keeps me up to date too!

Folklore & Traditions

Having grown up in the South West, as have countless generations of my forefathers, I have been immersed in its folklore and traditions for as long as I can remember.

Walking Tours

Our family-owned walking holiday business has been around since 1983. I have been involved since 1992 and I have been leading walks ranging from gentle strolls to challenging hikes for over 25 years.

Industrial Heritage

My family has been involved in deep mining for generations; both tin mining in Cornwall and coal mining in Somerset.

Maritime Britain

Growing up in and around the port of Plymouth- with its traditions dating back to Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, the Pilgrim Fathers - Maritime History and Heritage have always been a major interest.


I live in the heart of the countryside.

It's not just an interest, it's a way of life.


I grew up in a Naval family and served for ten years in the British Military. I am a member of a veterans' association.

Sports & Pastimes

As well as a fanatical interest in rugby and cricket (sports in which I participated), I have rowed competitively. I have a strong interest in soccer. I participate in fly fishing and mountain biking.

Food & Drink

For many years I have been locating the finest dining experiences for our guests.

This has ranged from Michelin Star dining at some of the South West's finest establishments to those little known 'gems' which only local knowledge can find.

Driver Guide:



Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Volkswagen Caravelle 6 Yes No