Meet Your Walking Guide: Daryl Cavanagh

How did you get into active travel?

Malcolm Wade

I got into climbing quite late in life, when I was 30. Climbing then led me into other sports and active travel all around the world.


What is it about active and adventure travel that fascinates you?

Active and adventure travel has taken me to some amazing places, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The experiences and memories can never be taken away, and these will remain with me for the rest of my life. Getting away from busy life helps me relax - the feeling of stillness being on the side of a hill or mountain, and just enjoying the view is priceless.

What do you do to stay fit and active travel-ready?

One of my often-repeated statements is that I have never been to a gym. When I go for a run or ride just for exercise, it’s straight from my front door. I have an active job, guiding various groups on walks and other activities which keeps me fit. I also climb, walk, mountain-bike and paddle for fun and exercise. I have a fingerboard in my sitting room, and can often be seen hanging or doing pull ups on a quiet evening in front of the TV.

Which traveller or explorer has been your greatest inspiration?

Alex Honnold, a free soloist climber, although I would not recommend his type of climbing to anyone!

Do you have any advice for first-time active travellers?

No adventure completely goes to plan, that is the nature of adventures, so enjoy it all - even the bumps in the road. Take plenty of photos but also put the camera away and enjoy the environment -the memories will last.

What are your favourite active and adventure travel destinations in the world and why?

I did the Coast to Coast last year with Sherpa Expeditions for the first time - I think this a great walk, showing the best of, and the variety within, the British countryside. Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel is a lovely place, very peaceful. 100 people, 1 pub, 1 shop and no cars. I have also spent a lot of time on Kalymnos, an island near Kos. It’s a bit of a climbing mecca.


What has been your best travel experience ever?

I spent a month in Thailand climbing for my 40th birthday. It was an amazing time - I got some of my hardest climbs done but also managed to enjoy the culture and environment.


If you like to join one of the guided walking holidays that Daryl is leading this year, please get in touch with our team by email or phone. 


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