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Ben Walker

Ben WalkerMe in 3 – Mad about mountains

Place to Play – I live in Keswick in the Lake District, so have a wonderful playground on my doorstep. Whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do whether it’s walking, fell running, mountain biking or open-water swimming.

Not a lot of people know this – Conveniently Ben or Beinn is the most common Scottish Gaelic word for mountain, so I often wonder if it was nurture or nature that I became a mountain-walker.

Qualifications – Summer ML, Outdoor First Aid

Mini Bio – I’m a keen hiker, biker, and travel photographer having previously been a sales manager for a leading adventure travel company. I lived in Thailand & Malaysia for 4 years, where I led trekking and biking trips from Borneo to Beijing to Kathmandu. I’ve been privileged to have lead trips and expeditions in over 20 countries on 4 continents.

In my free time, I like to do long-distance biking trips and have ridden Lands End to John O’groats, Bangkok to Delhi and the length of New Zealand.

I’m now a full-time trek-leader and also organize adventure-races, cycle sportives and charity challenges. The Lake District is where I call home, however, I can often be away for 8-9 months each year.

Experience – I have been leading trekking, cycling & mountaineering holidays since 2004. Was active with the Officers Training Corps at university & have always been a keen outdoorsman. Led treks throughout SE Asia, Central Asia, North Africa, & South America, & lived in Thailand & Malaysia for 4 years. Cycled from Bangkok to Delhi, the length of New Zealand & Lands End to John O’groats. Led Englands Coast to Coast 36 times as of 2018. Live in the Lake District so know the Lakes & Dales pretty well, where I like to hike, bike & fell run in my time off.

Biggest Adventure – Biking from Bangkok to Delhi with my Bob trailer.

Specialist Subject – Sheep