Your Walk Leaders
David Leadbetter has been leading guided walks for over 25 years and has lived in Swanage most of his life. His focus is on natural history, local history and the paranormal and he has led walks through different organisations.
David’s recently published book, ‘The Magic of Purbeck‘(published by the Roving Press) features 10 illustrated circular walks, with introductory chapters on geology, natural history and local history. The text explains where to find some of Purbeck’s notable birds, plants and butterflies as well as historical points of interest and prehistoric features in the landscape.
David is also the author of ‘Paranormal Purbeck‘, which was based on interviews with over 100 local people. The book has chapters on ghostly phenomena, near death experiences, time and synchronicities and also UFO sightings.
Andy lives near Poole, owns the Jurassic Jaunts business and has walked on the Dorset coast for over 20 years. He has been leading walks in the area for over 10 years and is a member of The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA). See http://www.jurassicjaunts.co.uk/
Family based in Swanage since 1973.Have walked the coast between Swanage and Weymouth many times over. Have completed long distance routes in New Zealand, Russia, Corsica, and many day hikes in the European Alps and French Pyrenees, and I am a regular visitor to Dartmoor. I hold a South West Mountain and Moorland Walking Leader’s qualification, and work throughout the summer in the Purbecks as an outdoor instructor, having retired from a career as a chiropractor some years ago.
Hon. Curator of Swanage Museum since 1988, and descendant of local stone quarrying family. Co-author of Swanage & Purbeck in Old Photographs, Swanage in Old Picture Postcards and The Last Days of Steam in Dorset. Author of book Discover Old Swanage.
David also leads weekly historical walks around Swanage from Easter to September each year.
Having escaped from classroom teaching early in my career, I’ve roamed purposefully over coast and countryside with students of all ages for 35 years. Recently, guided walks in various parts of Purbeck have kept me on the streets, and I can claim to have walked all the Dorset coast from Lyme Regis to Studland, twice. Latterly, less challenging Wareham walks have brought much local interest to life.
Bob is a local writer and photographer who has written a number of books about Dorset and the Jurassic Coast in particular. He has written walking guides for the Jurassic Coast Trust and runs Jurassic Coast Walking. See http://www.jurassiccoastwalking.co.uk
Andy lives in Wimborne Minster and is a member of East Dorset Ramblers for whom he regularly leadswalks. Also a member of the Dorset Long Distance Walkers Association.
Julian moved to Purbeck back in 1999 with his young family and they all quickly fell in love with the beautiful area. Julian’s job takes him away from Purbeck during the day, but when he is home he spends as much time as possible wandering the many footpaths and his camera is never far away. Julian’s photographs are very important to him and so is the way he takes them: Nature, by its very design, is perfectly imperfect and that is how he wants his photographs to be. Sometimes the light is not quite right, sometimes the animal will not pose in the way he wishes or decides to stay hidden, that is the beauty of wildlife photography and he finds it frustratingly magical. Purbeck Footprints arose from Julian’s passion for wildlife photography; take a look at www.purbeckfootprints.co.uk for more information and Julian’s wonderful gallery.
After many years working for Kodak in the UK, USA and Switzerland, setting up a number of successful businesses, Peter Boyce has joined Cumulus Outdoors as Managing Director, and now lives in Purbeck.
Peter was an officer in the Territorial Army until recently, serving in Iraq in 2003. He was a green beret “Army Commando”, qualified in parachuting (including many times into Studland Bay!).