Adventureline’s founder Martin Hunt was born in Dartmoor National Park in Devon and has always been a passionate explorer of both his local haunts and also much further afield.
Skills of natural observation and a sense of adventure were handed down to Martin by his parents Harry and Catherine, who loved walking in the Dartmoor National Park and along the Devon and Cornwall coasts.
Over many years, Martin has aquired an immense knowledge of all things natural and some rather more esoteric! Melding nature, history and story telling into an art, Martin was destined to become a nature guide and a conservationist.
Rachael Yuille Hunt
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Rachael (Martin’s daughter) as a partner in Adventureline International. Back in 2012, Rachael was working with Martin, learning the ropes guiding in Cornwall, Spain and Morocco, with a view to eventually taking over the family business. Rachael is now a Mum with 2 young boys to look after, so she is currently unable to lead tours at this time.
Rachael is well versed in the running of Adventureline, having been involved one way or another for as long as she can remember! Having travelled extensively herself and with a degree in Broadcasting (currently she’s a part time Broadcasting Assistant at BBC Radio Cornwall), she is very capable in many diverse fields.
Her responsibilities will include promotional activities on Social Media, website content and other marketing channels. In this way, she will provide valuable “back office” duties and general support for Martin. She might be co-leading the Nepal trip in 2019… watch this space!
Luca Panaro: Amalfi and Iceland Guide.
Luca is a graduate in Geology and an official Italian hiking guide and a Nordic Walking Instructor. He works as a guide in Italy, Spain, Norway, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Namibia, Iceland and Argentina.
Luca is a fully qualified Walking Group Leader Trainer for The National Association of Hiking Guides, teaching individuals to become guides. This work is very important to him and he is committed to enabling trainees to improve the quality of service, especially in Italy.
Luca shares Adventureline’s philosophy, values, ethics and passion for Nature and (especially) ‘good local food’. In fact for Luca, it is a huge pleasure to prepare tasty healthy picnics in some of the most beautiful landscapes… he’s waiting for you in Iceland, Tuscany, Elba, The Dolomites and The Amalfitanian Coast.
Gabriele Salari: Umbria Travel Specialist (Italy).
A Journalist, writer and travel specialist, Gabriele works principally in Rome as Italy’s Greenpeace Press Officer. However he regularly returns to his ancestral home amongst the beautiful olive groves in the foot hills of Mount Subasio, Assisi, where San Francis was born.
From this passion for Umbria came his acclaimed book “Diario Umbro” (unfortunately only in italian!) – followed by many more books about nature and the environment, all written in this peaceful hilly region.
Besides his current work, Gabriele enjoys assisting groups in Umbria, to discover a region full of Roman and Medieval history and art, nature and good food. As a foodie, he’s very keen to share with us the best cusine in the area.
Giulio Cuccioli: Norway and Portugal local guide
Our Associated Guide, Giulio, is an official Italian Hiking Guide. He spent 7 years in London gaining his degree and working practice. He has many years experience organising and leading successful tours to various countries within Europe. Giulio is a natural leader and excellent naturalist – endowed with sensitivity and personal warmth. He is exceptionally accomplished and very enthusiastic to share his knowledge and skills with us.
On our Lofoten Walking Holiday, Giulio is our Guide and Chef. Being Italian he loves food, and we benefit from his culture of great tasting cuisine blended with Norway’s healthy, natural produce, this creates a delicious fusion of ‘Viking meets Roman’. Like all great Chefs, Giulio prepares our evening meals with passion.
John Sidgwick: Cotswold Local Guide.
John lived in The Cotswolds for some 27 years, although he now resides back in Cornwall and in New Zealand during the northern hemisphere winters. He has a keen interest in all things local, which has gained him an immense store of knowledge that he happily imparts with an infectious enthusiasm. His ‘all round’ interest in many diverse subjects, together with a wicked sense of humour, make John an ideal local guide and walking companion.
John is one of Martin’s oldest friends, having both met in the wonderful and heady days of surfing in Cornwall, back in 1970, almost 50 years ago! They still get back in the water sometimes too…
John and Martin have led many holidays together in The Cotswolds and in Morocco and who knows where you’ll find them next!
Mike Stuart: Picos de Europa (Spain) Local Guide.
Mike is a fully qualified Mountain Leader and has great experience walking, skiing, climbing and mountain biking in The Picos de Europa and surrounding area in all weather.
Brought up in England he was given his first grounding in mountain craft by his famous mountaineer father Ian Stuart, who has been on various expeditions around the world, including the Himalaya and Mount Everest with Sir Chris Bonnington. He moved to Spain in 1991 with his wife Lisa, who runs the hospitality side of their business, and their 2 children. They prepare magnificent home cooked feasts for us every evening.
Slimane Baadoud: Morocco Local Guide.
Slimane is an experienced mountain guide and was the first president of the Mountain Guide’s Association in Morocco.
He has worked closely with Adventureline International providing all ground services for our many (20) treks there since 1996. No one knows the remote regions of Morocco better than Slimane. He has close ties with wonderful Berber villagers, in many different regions of Morocco – whose skills in guiding groups through landscapes that are remote and rugged are manifest.
Goffredo Filibeck: Italian Travel Consultant.
Graduated in Natural Sciences at Rome University Goffredo has a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from Florence University. Since 2006, he has lived and worked in Viterbo – as a Professor of Plant Ecology at the local university.
Goffredo met Martin in Morocco in 2001 and since then they have designed many tours together in Tuscany, Lazio, The Dolomites, Sardinia and Sicily. Goffredo loves to share his enthusiasm for the manifold variety of Italian landscapes, history and cuisine in the places he is particularly fond of, such as the romantic shores of Maremma (Tuscany) or the remote valleys of South Tyrol (Dolomites, eastern Alps).