...welcome to the beginning of Walking Devon.
I set up Walking Devon a few years ago to offer walking holidays in North Devon based mainly around the South West Coast Path and Dartmoor.
Life then got a little complicated and very exciting and three years later it is now a reality.
My name is Ian Gibb and the exciting complication is that I met my now wife, Chloe, and the last three years have involved courtship, selling two houses (and buying a third), getting married and several excursions including our honeymoon in the Atlas mountains.
We are now settled into the beautiful situation that is Hadlow (www.hadlowdevon.com) and have just finished converting two historic lime kilns into eight-person accommodation set in two acres of gardens on the banks of the River Torridge.
We are providing quality walking opportunities where our guests get to choose exactly where and how far you want to walk each day with all transport provided, so there is no need to carry a heavy pack, secure in the knowledge of a return to home cooked food and hot showers. Chloe is a Yoga teacher and qualified masseuse so winding down ready for the next day is super relaxed!
I am an enthusiastic walker myself having grown up farming on the edge of Dartmoor with numerous trips in younger days to the majority of the mountain regions of the UK, notably the Lakes, Snowdon, the Nevis range, the Cairngorms and the west coast of Scotland. Dartmoor is really where my heart lies having done Ten Tors myself and now as a Moorland leader.
I qualified as a Southwest Moorland Leader (including mountain first aid etc) and for the past 10 years have volunteered with Bideford College helping to get teenagers up to the moor and be enthused by Ten Tors, as well as helping out with Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold.