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Tania Deacon

Tania Deacon

Caring | Enthusiastic | Inquisitive

Mini Bio

I am now living the dream in my third career, having worked in marketing, then as a teacher, and now as an outdoor instructor, walking guide and leadership development facilitator. I am happiest when outdoors in the countryside, enjoying our beautiful landscapes, flora, and fauna.

I have been lucky to have had the pleasure of living in many beautiful areas of the British Isles – Southern England, North Yorkshire, Dorset, The Cotswolds, and Scotland. We have finally settled back in Dorset, in the South West, and I am surrounded by an incredible playground. I can’t wait to share our beautiful and diverse country and show you some of my favourite haunts!

Favourite Place to Play

I spent time as a child living in The Cotswolds – who can’t resist the honey-coloured stone, rolling pastures and wooded Wolds?

Or perhaps North Yorkshire? Brought to life by Emily Bronte’s Mr Lockwood, it was a beautiful, solitary place, “a perfect misanthropist’s Heaven”.

My favourite is my home – Dorset, in the southwest of England. With over half of the county designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, no one can deny that Dorset is truly unique!

Not a lot of People Know This

I am fiercely competitive and have skied and windsurfed at a national level.

Qualifications Read More
  • ML (Summer)
  • IML Aspirant
  • NNAS Tutor
  • Outdoor First Aid
Experience Read More

In addition to walking extensively in Scotland and England, I have done numerous hut to hut skiing and walking tours in the European Alps and in the Atlas Mountains. I have worked as a Guide for Wilderness Scotland and Wilderness England since 2021 and am enjoying every moment of it!

Biggest Adventure Read More

Life is an adventure!

Specialist Subject Read More

Having an inquisitive mind, I love to have an understanding of everything around me. Flora and fauna and their surrounding landscapes fascinate me and I probably spend far too much time taking photos and Googling answers to questions!

Publications Read More

None yet, but I aspire to write walking guides for Dorset and the South West of England.

What Fellow Travellers Say About Tania

Tania was terrific. She was creative in her choices of restaurants and adaptable to her clients. In our case, she was very sensitive to unexpected needs of my husband and we so very much appreciated her empathy and efforts to accommodate.

Linda Lange
Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
Reviewed on 11/08/2023

Tania was excellent. We very much enjoyed getting to know her throughout the week. She was personable and very well suited for her role.

I would go out of my way to book another tour with her.

Karen Cox
Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
Reviewed on 09/08/2023

Very responsive to group and individual needs. Professional and extraordinarily attentive.

Douglas Smith
Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
Reviewed on 08/08/2023

This was my first visit to England and first guided hiking trip. I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable guide, or a more attentive host. Tania Deacon exceeded my expectations about the guide's role and leadership for this adventure in every way. Her people skills and positive attitude were exemplary.

Give her a raise. Adjust the itinerary as she sees fit.

Robert McLeod
Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
Reviewed on 08/08/2023

Tania was exceptional! Part mother hen, part chauffeur, part concierge, she also had excellent knowledge about the trail, the sights, the flora, the birds...etc. She made it fun and interesting and really went the extra mile.
We had a person in the group who couldn't do some of the walking and Tania made special arrangements for him every day.
She also ran interference with the hotel if we needed it.

Dorothy Becker
Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
Reviewed on 07/08/2023

I've hiked with wilderness Scotland, Ireland and England....Tania is one of the best guides.

Pamela Putnam
Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
Reviewed on 07/08/2023

Tanya was a wonderful guide, very experienced and very tuned into the needs of the group.

Helen Smith
Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
Reviewed on 07/08/2023

Book a trip with Tania

Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
Deluxe Walking – Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2024
2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,885Book Now
Luxury Walking – Highlights of England
20th Sep - 29th Sep 2024
8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,295Book Now

Make Trip Private

Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

We work together with our team of guides to decide which departures they lead each year. As part of that, guides provide available dates that they are free to be booked. This means that any of the dates you see in the first field of the form below, could be perfect for your private departure or customised tour.

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