Meet Your Guides
Mark is the author of 17 books, including the acclaimed 'The Inn Way’ series with books covering all of the National Parks of Northern England. Three of his books have been awarded ‘travel book of the week’ in The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and the Guardian.
In 1997 Mark gave up a successful career as an area manager with a large brewery to pursue his dream of writing his 'Inn Way' books. Since 1997, Mark has walked over 16,000 miles of footpaths across the hills and mountains of Northern England and knows this area like the back of his hand - the history, geology, folklore, fauna, flora and the best pubs - and will share this knowledge and experience with you.
Since 2007, Mark has taken out over 6,000 people walking in the countryside - in all weathers and with all ages and abilities; it's all about the steps you take, not the distance you walk.
Mark has been featured on ITV Yorkshire’s ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ TV walks series, with weatherman Jon Mitchell, for a number of years.
Richard Tarran MVO is a qualified Mountain Leader and Personal Development Trainer with a wealth of experience. He is a Yorkshireman and moved to Swaledale after discovering a beautiful village whilst doing the Coast to Coast walk.
His background is diverse. During 16 years in the Royal Navy he worked for The Royal Family, served as the Propulsion Officer of HMS Ark Royal and conducted aid work in Nepal and Montserrat. In 2000 he was the Deputy Leader for the Raleigh International Expedition attended by Prince William in Chile but more recently he has run expeditions to Morocco, Iceland, Costa Rica, Peru, India and Venezuela.
Graeme Tiffany has a background in informal and community education and community development. This includes several years working in outdoor and adventure education with challenging young people. He holds several National Governing Body awards, including Mountain Leader. Since 2000 he has been a freelance trainer, lecturer, researcher and education consultant specialising in work that promotes social inclusion and straddles education and social work. He is a pioneer of Community Philosophy, which uses philosophical tools to support community learning, community development and social action. The outdoors, he says, is a wonderful stimulus for philosophical enquiry. He participates in (and often coaches) a wide range of outdoor activities, most of which have a navigational dimension. These include fell running, mountaineering, foot and mountain bike orienteering, adventure racing and kayaking.