Personal Notes

David is a teacher by profession and has been guiding professionally for the past 16 years, but is now taking a rest.  He first gained his MLC in 1968 and has walked and led extensively in the UK (especially the Pennines and Lake District) plus parts of the USA , NZ and Israel. He has walked the Pennine Way twice, the Cleveland Way, Hadrian's Wall National Trail, the Cotswolds Way, Thames Path, South Downs Way, Capital Ring, London LOOP and St Bega's Way as well as shorter named walks like the Worth Way and Railway Children Walk (Haworth/Keighley), the Limestone Link (Arnside-Kirkby Lonsdale) and the Winchcombe Way (Cotswolds).  David's latest venture is cycling on some of the flatter bike trails locally such as the South Tyne Trail and the Kendal Canal.

David has a countryside/outdoor background after early years in Scouting, being a Scout Leader and through the YHA following on to involvement in the Mountain Bothies Association and Lake District National Park Voluntary Wardens. Of late, David has specialised more on Hadrian's Wall activities and is a Hadrian's Wall National Trail Volunteer Ranger being responsible for the Carlisle Sheepmount to Grinsdale section. For 13 years he guided on the Hadrian's Wall Country bus from Carlisle to Hexham and return.

David has visited many Roman ruins abroad:- Israel, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Yugoslavia and France as well as sites in the UK to broaden his knowledge.

David believes in supporting associated organisations and is a Friend of Kirkhaugh Church, Epiacum (Whitley Castle), Tullie House Museum, Settle-Carlisle Railway, Rickerby Park, Talkin Tarn, Durham Cathedral and North Pennines and Cotswolds AONBs.

David is now a Heritage Champion of Epiacum Heritage.