North East, Cumbria
Blue Badge tourist guide offering tours and guided walks around North East England and Cumbria. Ruth grew up in North East England, leaving to go to university, returning after working in London and New York.
Ruth has extensive knowledge of the most northern parts of England. Itineraries and guided walks include Durham Cathedral, City and County, Hadrian’s Wall from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend in Tyneside, the Lake District National Park, the Northumberland National Park, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Holy Island and the Northumberland Coast AONB, the Durham Heritage Coast, and urban centres such as Carlisle, Newcastle, Sunderland and Teesside. Ruth lives in Whitley Bay and itineraries can include the North Tyneside coast /Tynemouth.
Speciality tours include arts, heritage, history and landscape. Ruth is a keen walker and enjoys leading longer walks along routes such as the Northern Saints Trails, the Hadrian's Wall Path, the Pennine Way, The King Charles III England Coastal Path (North East coast and the Cumbrian coast); and higher level walks in the Lake District National Park, the Northumberland National Park and the North Pennines AONB.
Bespoke itineraries can be compiled to suit organised groups, travel trade and the independent traveller, including conference trips, inward investment fam visits and media visits. Tours and walks can be tailored to complement and celebrate significant festivals and events, always designed to meet the needs of your group and guests.
Ruth created two self guided downloadable literary audio walks for Durham Book Festival 2021 and gave in person literary themed walks as part of the festival. https://durhambookfestival.com/commissions/2021-commissions/ Also see a project she worked on with broadcaster Jeremy Vine for the 2022 Durham Book Festival https://durhambookfestival.com/commissions/2022-commissions/self-guided-walk-the-never-never-land-of-w-h-auden/
Prior to becoming a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Ruth worked in the heritage sector, most recently at Durham Cathedral, and has previously worked in arts broadcasting primarily for the BBC. In addition to working as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide Ruth is employed as a part-time Manager for the North East Culture Partnership.