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Ray Allwood

Ray Allwood

Calm | Adventurous | Dependable

Mini Bio

I’m a keen hiker, cyclist, climber, mountaineer and skier, not necessarily in that order.

My interest in the outdoors started in 1989 when as a BT apprentice I was sent on an outward bounds course. We spent a week walking, climbing and camping in Purbeck, Dorset. This led me to join a Mountaineering club and a joy of climbing and hiking started, ultimately leading to my qualifications as an Outdoor Professional.

Favourite Place to Play

I’m happy anywhere outside. I love lots of different areas of the UK and I’ve still got lots more to discover.

Not a lot of People Know This

My wife thinks I have Scandinavian heritage as I have a fondness for pickled fish for breakfast and the Norwegian delicacy Brunost.

Qualifications Read More
  • UIMLA International Mountain Leader
  • Summer Mountain Leader
  • Outdoor First Aid
Experience Read More

I have been an active hiker, climber and mountaineer for 25 years. I have a passion for the Nordic countries and have led multi-day hiking trips in Norway, Sweden and Iceland. I’ve also guided hikes in many areas of the UK.

Biggest Adventure Read More

A hiking trip to Iceland, lots of late lying snow made for interesting progress. The scenery was stunning, and we didn’t see any other people for days.

Specialist Subject Read More

Telecommunications engineering but luckily for you I also have a deep interest in nature and history.

What Fellow Travellers Say About Ray

Ray was fantastic. Knowledgeable about history and the trails. Obviously did some research ahead of time. An excellent companion.

Bob MacDonald
23WSTM Tailor Made Trips
Reviewed on 31/10/2023

Ray Allwood was excellent. He was very thoughtful with some hikes that he added to our itinerary and was very knowledgable. He took very good care of us and we enjoyed him immensely and would love to have guide us when we return!

Vicky MacDonald
23WSTM Tailor Made Trips
Reviewed on 25/10/2023

Ray is ever so wonderful. He is profoundly attentive to individual needs, deliberately accommodating our different trekking styles and abilities. He chose incredible routes, each showing different aspects of the topography, and worked with us to best enjoy them. He has a special gift for forecasting the weather, adjusting the plans for an hour delay or an early start to maximize the daily challenges we faced in that department. One day late in the tour the weather turned miserable and several of us opted to turn back, while Ray took the remainder through very fun, but challenging conditions over the mountain. We had such a fun group, and Ray, with his laidback personality and quiet magic, helped knit it together beautifully. He also is very knowledgeable about the history of the area, as well as the flora and fauna, and it was great fun to learn from him. So grateful that he was our guide and that we meshed so beautifully with the others on the trip.

Mary Lanctot
Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
Reviewed on 29/09/2023

I struggled a bit so know just how good the leader was in "managing" where everyone achieved what they needed to do without compromising the itinerary or general enjoyment

Elizabeth Brennan
High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
Reviewed on 28/06/2023

Ray Allwood is fantastic humble confident reliable quiet interactive with great sense of humor

Yevgeniy Skaradinskiy
Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
Reviewed on 26/06/2023

Ray was fantastic. Very responsive and knowledgeable. Tailored the hikes to everyone’s comfort level and ability. Very patient. He was the ideal guide!

Heather Todd
Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
Reviewed on 26/06/2023

Ray was wonderful! He really gauged our group and provided a magnificent experience!

Lisa Todd
Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
Reviewed on 26/06/2023

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