About Shepherds Walks
Shepherds Walks was set up in 1999 by Jon Monks, who at that time was a full time Hill Shepherd in Northumberland. More used to looking after sheep he started shepherding people around the hills, rather than sheep.
Over the following years Shepherds Walks has grown in size, but over this time we have not lost the personal touch we have been complimented with over the years.
What is a Shepherds Walk?
The question we get asked all the time is 'What makes Shepherds Walks so unique'?
We understand the landscape you are walking through.
As Shepherds Walks is run by people who live and work in the countryside and region, we have a special relationship and understanding of the landscape we are walking through. You would not get a coal miner to take you around a ship yard, so why let a less knowledgeable and experienced person guide you around the countryside? Our knowledge and affinity with the landscape makes for an extra special experience.
This arises our products and services, right from a £1.00 self-led walk to a walking holiday, not forgetting all our other guided walks, courses and events.
Not just across the landscape, but through the landscape.
With Shepherds Walks you will not just be taken on a walk or course, you will be entertained and informed about the countryside and landscapes you pass through.
On our Shepherds Walks guided walks the guide will stop and tell you things you want to know and bring the countryside to life. This is also applies to self-led walking guides but in printed form.
Our guided walks are certainly not a of the ‘Follow me, I know where I am going’ type. Each is tailored to the needs and interests of the group on the day help to make for a great experience.
Stories will be told.
At Shepherds Walks the guides have not just learnt everything from a text book, but instead they all lived and have a passion and enthusiasm for the landscape we walked through.
Your trip will be filled with real stories from the countryside you are walking through.
Shepherds Walks is full of real personalities.
The ethos of Shepherds Walks is to find the right person and then train them. Shepherds Walks is staffed by individuals with in-depth local knowledge and genuine passion for the areas in which they work and the personalities to show them off to best effect.
In Shepherds Walks we have guides, trainers and volunteers who work together as a tight team for you the participant. All our guided walks have volunteers complementing the guide and helping to maximise everyone’s personal experience. The same is true of our various courses too.
A truly unique experience.
At Shepherds Walks we know and understand the landscape you are walking through.
After a Shepherds Walks you will better understanding of the landscape you have walked through past, present and future.
All this in a relaxed, friendly, informative manner, you are there to enjoy the experience and our aim is to help you achieve this.
You are not just a number at Shepherds Walks but an individual to be looked after right from the start, from the first time you. Your personal requirements will be taken into account; you are now part of the ‘Shepherds Walks family’.
We work round the clock to make sure you receive the best experience we can provide we are only a ever a phone-call or e-mail away for your questions or queries.
Whether you are on a day walk, course, event or walking holiday you will be given that personal attention.
You will not be 1 in a group of 50, at Shepherds Walks everyone is an individual.
On all of our walks, courses and events numbers are strictly limited, to ensure that you get the optimum experience.
Post walk blog.
Your experience with Shepherds Walks does not finish at the end of the day.
After each of these the guide creates an illustrated blog to capture the experience and these are published on the Shepherds Walks blog website.
Throughout the year a number of YouTube films are created following some guided walks and after all of our events. So on those long winter nights you can look back with fond memories on your Shepherds Walks.
Also we keep you up to date with a regular newsletter which you can sign up to on the left of this page.
At Shepherds Walks we aim to add value to the total experience you receive from us. Whether this is opening your eyes to new things while following a self-led walks or one of our guides showcasing the stunning countryside you are passing through.
Our expertise in products and services is second to none. We know and use the products we sell. A great example of this is the GPS units we sell. We will demonstrate them practically and answer any questions you have. We routinely set it up for you and install any mapping before you leave the shop, so you can go out and use your new GPS immediately “straight out of the box.”
What our customers have said.
Received October 2012
'Just wanted to give you some feedback, from the Pennine Way series of guided walks through Northumberland.
My husband Peter and I started doing these in Spring 2011, setting off from Alston. On Sunday, we finally reached Berwick and what a beautiful day it was.
We have thoroughly enjoyed all the walks and Mike Evens has been a brilliant leader throughout. He is unfailingly patient, tolerant, inclusive, funny, and cheerful and knowledgeable. And he (literally) goes the extra mile to help out. We were on holiday for one of the walks and, not wanting to miss out the section, we hummed and haaed about how we could fit it in by ourselves. Mike suggested a way we could tack it on to the following month's walk and offered to pick us up at the end himself and drive us back to our car. This he did after he completed a very long and slow walk with the rest of the group himself. What a star!
We've had a real sense of achievement completing the walks and seen areas of the county we've lived in for 22 years that we never knew even existed. Shepherds Walks is a fantastic business - efficient, well organised, good value for money, great newsletter, blog and photos and very user-friendly.
Well done you and all your staff.
We're looking forward to the walks back through Northumberland next year.