We are a team of close colleagues and great friends who share a love of the outdoors and a passion for meeting and guiding others who want to visit these unique places.
Meet the Team
Having spent thirty years walking and climbing in the UK and Europe, a love of the outdoors has always featured prominently in Steve's life. He has been leading groups for more than 25 years, and finds huge pleasure in introducing others to the places that make you stop in your tracks and stare with admiration. He has walked and climbed in the UK and abroad, most recently falling in love with the central Alps region and all it has to offer. He has lived in The Lakes for 30 years, hill walking at every opportunity and getting to know the fells in every season.
Alvina was born and brought up near the Lake District, finding from an early age that it gave her great opportunities for challenge and adventure. She climbed Helvellyn for the first time at the age of ten, and spent subsequent years getting to know every corner of The Lakes. Since then she has spent time hiking in US national parks and the Canadian Rockies, and latterly travelled in Asia, Bhutan and Nepal. She has a keen interest in landscape photography and loves sharing her insights with others who may be interested in trying to capture the magic of the mountains.
Jo has been leading groups for more than 15 years. She loves The Lakes, especially the woodland areas, and is particularly inspired by the local links to artists and writers over the centuries, to the point where her own creative writing has become a huge part of her life. In terms of hill walking, her first love is the Coast to Coast long distance path which traverses the heart of the Lake District, a route along which she has led numerous groups. She also loves the West Coast of Scotland for its inspiring landscapes and has journeyed far beyond - including trekking in the Himalayas.
Despite being the youngest of the team, Will has already clocked up some impressive hill walking experience, bagging all the Lakeland Three-Thousanders before he was 12. He is both Marketing Manager and Walk Leader at Skyline, and really thrives on the variety that having these two responsibilities brings.
With 32 years' experience of taking groups into the outdoors, Mike is a stalwart of our team at Skyline. He loves The Lakes in all its moods, and is particularly inspired by the local links to the work of the great poets and writers who lived here. His other favourite places include the West Coast of Scotland (especially the islands), as well as France and Spain.
Julie has been a fell-walking devotee for more than 20 years, visiting New Zealand, The Alps, and the South-West of the UK to pursue her hiking adventures, as well as her home ground, The Lake District. She is frequently out on the hills up to 4 days a week and so has come to know the Cumbrian landscape in all its seasons and its moods. Her equally hill-loving Collie, Sam, is a regular companion on her adventures. Julie joined our walk-leader team just this summer to help with our programme expansion to include new locations during 2022.