Sam Loveday

Profile updated 5/06/24

Regional Qualification(s):

Heart of England, Cumbria

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07990 975083

Contact guide

Personal Interests:

The Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon & Shakespeare, Cricket (and all sports in general), Walking tours - both town and countryside, History, Churches, Cathedrals, Castle & Stately Homes, Peak District, Cosy pubs & Good food!

Special Interests:

Education

I'm a qualified History teacher with current experience of teaching the subject at secondary level at all stages up to and including A-Levels. Happy to tailor my tours, whether on foot or in a coach to all levels from KS1-4.

Castles & Palaces

Kenilworth, Warwick, Ludlow, Goodrich.
Chatsworth House. Haddon Hall.

Walking Tours

My favourite way to explore the regions I guide in:
From the big cities such as of Birmingham and its Jewellery Quarter and Coventry.
To the smaller towns and cities of the Heart of England like Shakespeare's Stratford, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Warwick, Cheltenham, Ludlow, Lichfield or Gloucester.
Buxton and Bakwell in the Peak District.
The towns of Lake District and Cumbria such as Carlisle, Penrith, Windermere, Keswick, Kendal, Barrow or Whitehaven.
To the small towns and villages such as the Chipping Campden, Broadway or Painswick in the Cotswolds. Herefordshire's Black and White villages.
Castleton, Hathersage, Tissington or Hartington in the Peak District.
Grasmere, Ambleside, Coniston, Hawkshead
The 'plague' village of Eyam is a particular speciality.
As well as the region's beautiful hills and countryside ending in a traditional pub.
Wherever you want really!

Industrial Heritage

The Ironbridge Gorge, The Potteries, The Forest of Dean. Canals & railways. Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.
Cromford Mills.
The industrial heritage of the West Coast of Cumbria - Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport and Barrow.

Countryside

In particular the hilly and mountainous areas of the region - the moors, hills and dales of the Peak District National Park eg Dovedale or Chatsworth park.
The valleys, dales and Lakes of the Lake District National Park and the Westmorland Dales.
The Cotswolds, The Malverns, the Welsh borders and Shropshire Hills.

Churches & Cathedrals

The Heart of England is blessed with many magnificent religious buildings. From great churches like Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey to hidden gems such as the carvings at Kilpeck or the fantastic frescos at Kempsey. As well as explaining their architecture and stained glass, I enjoy telling the stories of those who built and worshipped in them.

Literature

William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen or Laurie Lee.
Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

History & Prehistory

A historian by training I enjoy exploring all aspects of history and heritage. From the prehistoric Rollright Stones in Gloucestershire or Castlerigg in the Lake District. Hadrian's Wall or the Romans in Gloucestershire. The Wars of The Roses, the Border Reivers, Gunpowder Plot, Civil War, Industrial Revolution to Coventry's Blitz.

Sports & Pastimes

The Heart of England has great sporting heritage with sporting venues like Villa Park or Edgbaston. Rich history - the origins of tennis in Leamington Spa or great sporting figures e.g. Stanley Mathews, Randolph Turpin to Phil 'the power' Taylor!

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds - William Morris at Kelmscott, CR Ashbee at Chipping Camden and Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers at Sapperton.
Blackwell - the Arts and Crafts House.

Endorsements:

Windsor & Eton

Driver Guide:

No