The Team

Meet some of our Drivers/Guides

Derek Allison

Derek Allison

I enjoy meeting and chatting to people from all over the World. I regard it as a personal challenge to try to engage with every guest by finding out where they are from and what they are particularly interested in so that they get the most out of their day with Mountain Goat. I really enjoy sharing my “office”, the Lake District National Park, particularly the “out of the way places”; with everyone. It is the best office anyone could possibly have; whatever the season or weather! I am glad people like my humour!

Jim Whitworth

Jim Whitworth

After qualifying as a teacher (art) I took a job with British Antarctic Survey. 2 ½ years there followed by 6 months fooling around South America knocked the teaching nonsense out of me.
I came to Langdale for a weekend’s climbing in 1973 and stayed: 17 years as a National Trust Warden and 20 years as a wood carver and sculptor.
Now in my 8th year with Mountain Goat I hope I can entertain and inform the people who come with us and pass on a little of my enthusiasm for the lumpy bits of Northern England.
 
Interests: Travel, Flight, India, Skiing, Baroque music, Amdram
 
Being a Mountain Goat guide beats working for a living and we get some nice toys to play with.

Malcolm Brooks

Malcolm Brooks

As a former teacher I know that an excellent way of enthusing about something is to ‘show and tell’ – exactly what Mountain Goat driver/guides spend their time doing. We are able show off the best views of The Lake District from our mini-coaches while explaining to our guests from all over the world exactly what they are seeing, and why it is like it is. In nine years passengers from over eighty different nationalities have journeyed with me, some wanting to learn as much as possible about the geography, geology, history and sociology of the area – including snippets of ‘quirky’ information; others simply wanting to take as many photographs as possible as a reminder of their visit – all are catered for!

Robin Brackenbury

Robin Brackenbury

I recently moved to The Lakes having spent the last 30 years living and working in central London as a commercial property asset manager.
 
The single most enjoyable part of my job is that I help people explore and get the best out of The Lakes during their limited time here. Visitors really do appreciate this local knowledge and the more you are able to acquire and impart, the more satisfying it becomes. This acquisition of more and more interesting stuff about The Lakes can become quite addictive. If all this interaction can be done in a genuinely friendly manner, visitors always respond in kind - without exception. 
 
This has been an extremely refreshing and rewarding experience for me and is, believe me, completely unheard of in London!
 
I do sometimes say to myself whilst out driving, I have one of the best jobs in the UK!

Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

I moved to the Lake District eight years ago having spent the previous decade working as a tour leader overseas.  I can’t think of a better place in the world to live and work.  The National Park is a beautiful area with ever changing scenery, depending on the weather and the season.  I love driving visitors around, showing off this fantastic place that I am lucky enough to call home and telling them the history, traditions and stories of what they are seeing.

When not driving a Mountain Goat bus I can found hiking with my two Labrador dogs on the fells enjoying the scenery and the weather in a different way.
 

Elliott Linnen

Elliott Linnen

Chris Steeden

Chris Steeden

Bob Cannon

Bob Cannon