The story behind The Wayfarers by Micheal West and Christopher Malle

The Wayfarer Story

This is our 30th year of sharing the places we love with like-minded people. It’s a wonderful pleasure discovering the real life, culture and history of an area and taking you, our friends, on the adventure with us.

‘I like making people happy,’ says Wayfarers’ Co-Founder Michael West. Michael started The Wayfarers in 1984 with friends Christopher Hague and Peter Clifford.

The concept was brilliantly simple: ‘We liked walking and wanted to share the experience with others,’ says Michael.

Much has changed over the last 30 years, but the fundamental details of our Walks have stayed the same. We remain absolutely committed to the principles of slow travel and the benefits of seeing a country up close and on foot.

We often say that our Walk Leaders and managers are our secret ingredient for a successful walking vacation. Over the years we have sought out the best people, nurtured and trained them and are proud to have such a fun, knowledgeable team. Our aim is to give you the best walking vacation ever.

Whether you walk with us on your own, or bring your friends and family, we welcome you with good fellowship into convivial company. Guests who have been on many of our trips say that the warmth and friendship they experience by being with like-minded people is one of the main reasons they keep coming back to us.

As our success has grown, we have added more destinations. Each new trip is hotly debated and we spend months, sometimes years, planning and researching, including walking every route several times. We believe that the level of care and attention that goes into creating our itineraries sets us apart from other tour companies. We work equally hard at keeping our tours updated and fresh so that there’s always something new to experience.

From the very beginning, our Walk Leaders were vital to The Wayfarers and they remain essential today. We seek out and train people, mainly friends of friends, with charismatic personalities who really know their area. As a result, our guests enjoy a true insider’s guide to their destination and bring home treasured memories they will never forget.

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Passion, knowledge and enthusiasm are at work in the planning of each Wayfarers itinerary, expertly designed by a team of professionals deeply committed to walkers' enjoyment every step of the way. Foot power is supplemented by a variety of local transportation, ranging from steam trains to cable cars, from coastal launches to gondolas; and a support vehicle provides shuttle service and rest when needed, also taking the burden of bags and supplies.