Ian Newman

Profile updated 15/08/19

Regional Qualification(s):

South West

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07739 667543, 01985 840049

Contact guide

Introduction:

Hello, I'm Ian Newman. I live in the picturesque Wylye Valley on the western edge of Salisbury Plain, where the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset meet - near Stonehenge and a short distance from the historic cities of Salisbury and Bath. I grew up next to the Tamar estuary (the natural border between Cornwall and Devon) on the edge of the maritime city of Plymouth. My previous employment has included deep sea fishing, the military and medicine.

With family ties in Cornwall, Plymouth, Bath, North Somerset, Bristol 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, its traditions and its people.

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 interest include landscape, ecology, folklore, prehistory, history (ancient, medieval and early modern), military and maritime history (the Plymouth influence), fine dining and local produce (in the South West we are 'spoiled for choice'). I am very interested in family history and ancestry.

When I qualified for my Blue Badge I received two awards; 'best presentation of a religious building' and 'most entertaining and fun' presentations.

I live very close to Bath and Salisbury and love to show guests around these marvellous historic cities. Speaking of marvellous historic cities, I also enjoy taking visitors to Wells. I am very fortunate to live an equal distance from Salisbury, Wells and Bath. Now which is my favourite city? That would be telling - let me show you all three and you can decide for yourself.

My speciality is escorting driver-guided trips however I am equally comfortable guiding country walks, town walks, themed tours or escorting coach parties.

Having operated walking and heritage tours in the South West for almost thirty years I am often called upon by film companies to consult on (and provide visits to) potential locations for filming.

Personal Interests:

Ecology
Myths, legends and folklore
walking and hiking
local crafts and industries
local food and drink
Industrial heritage
Agriculture
Religious buildings
Family history
sport

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 ancestors, I have been immersed in its folklore and traditions for as long as I can remember.

Walking Tours

Town and city walks around Bath, Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Plymouth.

Country walks: South West Coast Path, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Cotswolds, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset.

Industrial Heritage

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

I grew up in the shadow of Brunel's great railway bridge across the Tamar and have had a lifelong interest in his work both on the GWR and in Bristol.

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.

Countryside

I live in the heart of the countryside.

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

Military

I grew up in a Naval family and served for over 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.

Churches & Cathedrals

Salisbury Cathedral and the Close, Wells Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, St Mary Redcliffe, Cotswold 'Wool Churches',
Exeter Cathedral, St Andrews Church in Plymouth

Agriculture

I live in a farming area and consider myself a countryman.

As a teenager I worked on a moorland farm, helping with haymaking, milking and at lambing time.

My understanding of farming helps bring the countryside to life for guests.

Media

As a driver-guide who also has three decades of experience operating walking and heritage tours I am ideally placed to suggest film locations.

I have also hosted a number of journalist visits for DMO’s and Tourism organisations.

Endorsements:

Windsor & Eton

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

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