• Meet the Team

A close-knit team of office staff and drivers work around the clock to ensure every single customer has a fantastic Coast to Coast experience, no matter how much input into their trip we have.

Our own experience of the route allows us to prepare those about to walk, run or cycle for what the coming miles hold.

Chris

Chris is originally from a hill farming family in Swaledale (right in the middle of the C2C walk) and actually walked the route 30 years ago.Off season usually involves travelling to faraway places – but nothing equals the unique beauty of Swaledale!!

Chris

Colin

Colin, a retired police officer from Jersey, is the newest member of the team and is a keen long distance walker, having completed most of the UK’s official long distance footpaths, along with the Coast to Coast and The Scilly Isles to Shetland via Land’s End and John O’Groats. He and his wife have recently completed ‘ticking off’ the 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District and Colin has also ‘bagged’ a large number of Scottish munros, mostly in winter.

Claire

Having previously worked in banking and finance, Claire re-located to Cumbria with her family, several years ago. She enjoys an outdoor lifestyle including walking, cycling and keeping fit.

Peter

Peter is a retired chartered surveyor, company owner and director. He joined the Packhorse family as a driver in 2012 and has been with us ever since. Peter is a keen walker and a C2C Veteran. He is also the Treasurer and a team member of the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Service.

Mark

Mark is a keen cyclist and fell runner. He cycled coast to coast in 2016 and leads the Guided Coast to Coast run each season. The Director or Coast to Coast Packhorse and also Pennine Events.

Rachael

Rachael is one of our longest serving team members with 10 years service behind her. She has recently completed the whole Coast to Coast walk as well as cycling it .. twice! Rachael has a wealth of knowledge, good at problem solving an is always on the lookout for the next challenge…

Bill

Bill Sylvester was born and brought up in Scotland. Bill started working for Packhorse in 2017, and has brought a lot to the table from his diverse professional background where he committed 24 years in the army and 11 years in tourism development in the North of Scotland. Bill’s hobbies are walking, genealogy, mountain rescue, teaching Scottish Country Dancing, gardening and bridge.

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