Profile updated 18/01/21
Heart of England
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Born in London, studied in Bristol, worked in Grimsby and I now live in Coventry, soon to be UK City of culture. Yes, I have moved around a bit and I never tire of discovering new hidden places, both town and countryside.
It was whilst working at Warwick business School this that I discovered my passion for meeting students (including mature students) from a variety of backgrounds and found that I really enjoyed showing them around the University and suggesting other places of interest in the Heart of England.
My real passion is helpig people discover the glories of our countryside and heritage. I particularly like working with families and young people who are keen to get outside.
Whilst working at the University of Warwick, I took the opportunity to continue my own personal education including obtaining an Open studies certificate in Ecology and Conservation. I continue to further my knowledge through various CPD events and studying on some of the excellent courses run through the future learn platform.
|Countryside walking (hiking). I have the Lowland Leader Award, awarded through the Mountain Training Scheme and have a Silver Award through the National Navigation Award Scheme. Also an outdoor First Aid Certificate (skills which I hope that I will not need to use)|
|Roman Britain including Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier.|
|History and how perceptions of historic events change over time. Following the recent discovery of his skeleton I completed the Future Learn course studying "England in the time of Richard III.|
|Detective stories in literature, TV, film and theatre.|
|European languges and culture. I have studied italian for a number of years, but rarely get the chance to put what i have learnt into practice. Buongiorno! Mi chiamo Verity, bienvenutal a coventry. Dove vorreste visitare oggi?|
I offer bespoke and pre-planned walks in both town and countryside.
Look at our countryside in a new light as I tell you about the battles fought and the stories behind some of our quirky place names such as Chipping Campden (market in the valley containing enclosures) and Ludlow (place at the hill by the noisy rapids.)
England is famous for it's gardens and our love of gardening. Follow the History of English Gardens starting with the Roman Garden at Cirencester; see the wonderfully restored and replanted Elizabethan Knot Garden at Kenilworth Castle and amazing water features such as the Grand Cascade at Chatsworth. Visit the world famous Hidcote with its Arts &Craft style "rooms" and the "Sermon on the Mount" yews at Packwood.
Warwick castle and many others can be found in the region which was fought over in our 4 civil wars. There is the Regency elegance of Cheltenham and the narrow medieval streets and alleyways in Tewkesbury.
|Churches & Cathedrals||
Take a tour of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford cathedrals home to the three choirs festival.
|Stately Homes & Country Houses||
From Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill to the Moated Manor House at Baddesley Clinton with it's catholic priestholes and everything in between, I can tailor your trip to your individual interests.
|Folklore & Traditions||
From well dressing in the Malverns (a place beloved by Elgar) to Morris dancing, discover the local traditions and food of the region.
Ironbridge in coalbrookdale, the cradle of the industrial revolution is an amazing sight, recently restored and painted in its original colours. Take a trip on a canal boat along the waterways which were once the backbone of the transport network or ride on aheritage steam train such as the Severn Valley Railway.
Stratford upon Avon with its Shakespeare properties is also home to the roya Shakespeare Company. why not combine your visit with a trip to the theatre and a behind the scenes tour to see some of the costumes and props used in past productions.
All trips can be linked to the national Curriculum, Key stages 1,2 3 & 4. Autism friendly tours can also be arranged.
Windsor & Eton