Linked to each route page you will find a picture of the Route Adviser, the person who lives in the area, suggested the route and developed it with us. A list of all our advisers is on this page.


But no walk could ever reach our brochure until it has been rigorously tested and graded by Simon (with map, mobile and beer, above, in the Czech Republic after a morning’s walk).


The final stage is undertaken by our doughty “pioneers”. Friends and early customers, these are people who set off to test the newly created walk using Simon’s directions, maps and the notes we have created. They pick up the final hitches so the route is ready for you!  At regular intervals thereafter, we send out these Trusties to check the inevitable changes, and to suggest ways the routes can be improved.


New Route Advisers and pioneers needed


The critical attributes of a potential Route Adviser are that he or she must live in the area, have a strong interest in its landscape and culture, be able to think flexibly, have the inclination to put in the hard work that is needed to plan the route, and time to look after our clients should anything go amiss during their holiday.


If you know someone who lives somewhere lovely in Europe, as a native or an ex-pat, and who might be interested in becoming a Route Adviser, ask him or her to contact Simon, at On Foot, by Email or telephone.


Text Box: New Pioneers are also needed. If you have been on one of our walks and would like to test new (or re-test existing) walks, and have an enjoyable time in the process, contact Simon.



Our team at home


Our friendly team is just a call or an email away so please contact us to discuss any route or travel-related issues. You will normally be able to talk immediately to someone who has first-hand knowledge of the route you are interested in.


Mary, Simon, Debbie and Sarah.



Route Advisors (and how we work)


Istria (Croatia)
Hilltop villages of north-west Croatia
Route designed by

Vladimir Benas

Vladimir (Vlado), who originally designed the route, has worked in the tourist industry for the last 40 years both with groups and independent clients as well as special interest tours and activities. He and his family now run a travel agency in Mošćenička Draga.


Slaven Zlatic

Vlado is handing over responsibility for the route to Slaven, who you may meet at his hotel, Villa Borgo in Motovun. Having studied Hotel Management in Opatija and worked in Ireland and the United States, Slaven is relishing owning his own business near to his parents' sheep farm - ask for the cheese if it is available.

The Karst - culture and landscape
Route designed by

Janez Golob

Retired architect Janez Golob was born in Celje, eastern Slovenia. Living in Ljubljana, he teaches woodworking, is a mountain climber, mountain rescue team member, and mountain guide, and has trekked and climbed in the Slovenian Alps and elsewhere.

Bohemian Paradise (Czech Rep)
Countryside of the northern borderlands
Route designed by

Lubomir Hoska

Born in the region, Lubomir has his own travel agency and tour operator business and combines that with being a professional guide. Your local contact is Petr, Mr Hoska's son, and he knows the area well.

Andalucia (Spain)
White villages of the Ronda Mountains
Route designed by

Guy Hunter-Watts

Guy Hunter-Watts has lived in a small village at the edge of the Grazalema Park for more than 25 years.
He is now writing guide books full time, and is the author of “Walking in Andalucia" and “Small Hotels and Inns of Andalucia”.


Catalonia - La Garrotxa
Quiet byways of the Garrotxa
Route designed by

Richard Calvin

Local contacts Richard Calvin, who is a keen walker as well as a sculptor in stainless steel, and his wife Sara, look after our clients and the route, as well as running their own villa rental company.


Mike Lockwood

Mike Lockwood, who originally designed the route, made Catalonia his home over 25 years ago and now lives in the middle of Besalú. He is a wildlife and walking guide, author of the 'Sunflower' walking guide to the area and designed much of the network of historical paths that this tour follows. He is fluent in Catalan and Spanish. 

Alpes Maritimes (France)
From the Alps to the Mediterranean
Route designed by

Richard Petitjean

Richard came to the Côte d’Azur to study tourism and has lived here for 30 years working as a licensed Tour Guide. Since 60% of the French flora is represented in this area, Richard’s keen interest in botany is put to the best possible use.

Lycian Coast (Turkey)
Along the Turquoise Coast to the lighthouse
Route designed by

Kate Clow

Kate Clow is the author of "The Lycian Way", the definitive guide to the long distance walk she created herself, with the help of the people of the region of Antalya, which she has made her home for more than 20 years. A keen botanist and student of the history of the Middle East.

Chamonix and the French Alps
Le Pays du Mont Blanc
Route designed by

Lizzy Ashley Cooper

Lizzy grew to love Mont Blanc and the surrounding area so much that she made it her home. She regularly walks the paths and routes in the forests, mountain slopes and meadows, with their abundant flora and other wildlife. She is a keen ski tourer.

Northern Portugal
The Roman road to the monastery of Santa Maria
Route designed by

Paul and Denise Burton 

The Burtons have lived in Northern Portugal for more than 30 years and have been keen walkers ever since arriving in the area. They are the authors of Sunflower’s "Landscapes of Northern Portugal". 

Amalfi Coast (Italy)
Along the siren coast
Route designed by
Julian Tippett
Julian first stumbled on the medieval footpaths of the costiera on holiday in 1991. Since then, many visits and much exploration have let him 'get under the skin' of the peninsula. He wrote Sunflower's "Landscapes of Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri". He works with our own team and keeps in touch with various local contacts to ensure that directions are fully up-to-date.
Sabine Hills (Italy)
A walking tour of the Sabine Hills
Route designed by

Elisabeth de Coster & Stefano Fassone

Elisabeth and her partner Stefano (and their children Marit and Theo) live and work on an organic agriturismo close to the Gorge of Farfa, for which they have recently obtained national protection. Their own house was formerly a shepherd’s cottage built over the remains of a Roman Villa.

Southern Tuscany (Italy)
Renaissance hilltop towns and classic wines
Route designed by

Daniele Cavazzoni

Daniele's early passion for nature led him to explore all the Italian regions on foot. He started working as a nature guide for an international tour operator, working around the Indian Ocean and in the African savannah.


He then decided to come back to Tuscany, and currently works as a hiking & birdwatching guide in Tuscany, as well as working on the family organic "pecorino" farm, in the middle of the forest.

Lake Constance and the foothills of the Alps
Route designed by

Peter Münch

Peter is a practising architect, living in Neuhäusel, in the Rhineland, with his family, in a woodland house he built himself. He is one of nature's wanderers, never happy unless exploring new countries, new paths, and finding out about new cultures.

England - Dorset
In the footsteps of Thomas Hardy
Route designed by
This route was designed by our in-house team, with Mary leading.
Dolomites (Italy)
From the South Tyrol to Cortina
Route designed by

Isabelle Basso

Isabelle has lived and walked in the Cortina area for more than ten years. She works as a walking guide and translator and has a special interest in the First World War Austrian/Italian Dolomite front.

Dubrovnik (Croatia)
The walled city and the Elafiti Islands
Route designed by

Tomislav Coric

Tomi is Dubrovnik born and bred and after a spell in the hotel industry now runs his own travel agency specializing in walking and biking tours. When not working too many hours in the office, he spends time with his young family, exploring the area on foot or bike.

Castles of the Rhine (Germany)
From Bingen to Koblenz
Route designed by

Peter Münch and Beatrix Greiff

Architect Peter is well known to On Foot walkers as the route advisor on both our Austria and our former Rhine-Moselle walks.  Cousin Beatrix lives on the route and has a portfolio career encompassing jewellery making and being a PA.  She is bilingual in German and French and fluent in English.

Northern Provence (France)
Côtes du Rhone and the foothills of Mont Ventoux
Route designed by
Régis Leroy has been a mountain guide across the world for 20 years, but don't let that worry you!  He has devised for On Foot a walking route around his beloved home area of the Vaucluse, a region which he knows intimately.  A consummate and sociable Frenchman, Régis speaks good English and you will find him and his wife Patricia willing and helpful.
Ligurian Hills (Italy)
Across the Apennines to the sea
Route designed by

Paul Lizioli, Eugenio Zambianchi and Guiseppe Stafforini.


Paul was in the pharmaceutical industry until he took the wise step of moving to the region 12 years ago. His wife, Arabella, runs the first night's gorgeous B&B. Eugenio, a retired geologist and mathematician, remains a consultant geohydrologist when not discovering and walking old Salt Routes, while Guiseppe, a qualified surveyor and director of the local Land Registry, is never happier than when walking the hills with his dog, Butch.

Catalonia - El Priorat
Along monastery trails to the holy mountain
Route designed by
Joanna Thomas has lived and worked in Catalonia for many years, as architect, guide, multilinguist and mother of two.  A keen walker, she lives in a converted tower in the village of La Febro, in the centre of the route, from where she devises walks to rediscover her beloved Muntanyes de Prades.
Greece: Corfu, the Vikos Gorge and the Meteora
Island, mountains and monasteries
Route designed by

Pavlos Zitakis

Pavlos is currently employed in the oil industry while at the same time trying to set up his own adventure travel company. He enjoys trail running, sea kayaking and mountain biking and is a keen ski tourer. He is married to Eleftheria (which means Freedom!) and they have a 4 year old boy, Dimitris. Pavlos is fluent in English, and also speaks German and Italian.

Mallorca: Palma and the Serra de Tramuntana
Where the mountains meet the Mediterranean
Route designed by

Jesca Scott

Jesca has lived in the foothills of Mallorca's beautiful Tramuntana mountains for eight years with her husband and young family. A keen hiker all her life, combined with a background in the preservation of historic buildings, her favourite island walks are where paths and the built heritage meet, bringing the landscape alive. Her enthusiasm and experience in guiding small groups along Mallorca's hiking paths will delight those who want to experience the real Mallorca.

Umbria (Italy)
Umbria, St Francis and the Dukes of Spoleto
Route designed by

Elisabeth de Coster & Stefano Fassone


Elisabeth and her partner Stefano (and their children Marit and Theo) live and work on an organic agriturismo close to the Gorge of Farfa, for which they have recently obtained national protection. Their own house was formerly a shepherd’s cottage built over the remains of a Roman Villa.

Lycia - Mountain and Sea (Turkey)
From the mountains to the lighthouse
Route designed by

Kate Clow


Kate Clow is the author of "The Lycian Way", the definitive guide to the long distance walk she created herself, with the help of the people of the region of Antalya, which she has made her home for more than 20 years. A keen botanist and student of the history of the Middle East.

Rila - from the mountains to the monastery
Route designed by

Milena Ignatova and Ivo Stoilkov run an incoming tourism agency in Sofia.


Milena is literally addicted to nature.  Except for her beloved hiking, she is actively working on different

environmental initiatives in the areas of protection of biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management


Ivo has been a mountain guide across the world for more than 20 years. He is an experienced mountain climber and a respected ski mountaineering tour leader.

Castille to Bilbao along the ridgeways
Route designed by

Aznar Fernandez de Pinedo

Aznar was born in Bilbao and has always loved the landscapes and villages both in Northern Castille and in the Basque Country. He is a professor at a top Spanish business school, is a keen naturalist and has a strong interest in history and literature.

Greece: The Cycladic Islands of Naxos and Amorgos
Island hopping in the emerald Aegean
Route designed by

Annie Antonatou

Annie was born in Athens.  She is a keen hiker and mountaineer and has been guiding travellers around the traditional paths of the Cyclades for the last 9 years. In 2006 she successfully co-launched an eco sailing business around the Greek islands. Annie is fluent in English and speaks basic Italian and French.

Greece: The island of Andros
Green heaven in the northern Cyclades
Route designed by

Ariana Masselou

After many years as a marketing executive in the cinema industry Ariana's love of nature made her move to a small village in Andros.  In 2011, with some friends with the same approach to life, she decided to form a team that would introduce "alternative" Andros to travelers; each member was to offer services and activities that animate and enrich the mind, body and soul of the visitor!  She speaks French and English, worships the God Sun, and lives with 11 cats.....

England - Devon
A tale of two rivers
Route designed by

Caroline Evans

Caroline has lived in rural South Devon for 24 years.  Now that her family have all left home, she spends her time teaching and producing art, attempting to master Spanish, and helping tend the smallholding; whilst her husband also fills the sheds with plenty of logs for the winter.  That is when they are not off exploring new places, mostly on foot.