Richard Bell

For a man who has traveled to more than 100 countries, been a trip leader for Wilderness Travel for more than 20 years, and has an ever expanding palate to cook exquisite dishes with global infusion (ask him about his infamous slow-cooked lamb with pomegranates), Richard Bell still takes as much pride in each trip he leads as he did when he first started traveling around his hometown in Yorkshire, on the northeast coast of the UK. “My experience of being a guide for over 20 years has allowed me to create trips that I know will appeal to our clients,” he says. “I combine a unique hiking experience with cultural interactions in whatever country I may be in. Anyone who has hiked with me before, will already know that my trips are quirky, individual, interesting, and full of humor and good times.” Now in his 60s, Richard says he has graduated with honors from the University of Life, and is delighted to be able to share his experiences with our travelers. When he is not leading hikes, he tends to his fruit and vegetable garden at his home in Cornwall in southwest England, and of course, loves to cook (seriously, get that slow-cooked lamb recipe).

Upcoming Trips:

England Coast to Coast, May 24-June 6, 2015
Hiking in Cornwall, June 20-29, 2015
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country, July 7-17, 2015
England Coast to Coast, July 26-August 8, 2015
England Coast to Coast, August 23-September 5, 2015
Hiking in Cornwall, September 7-16, 2015
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail, September 24-October 2, 2015
Hiking in Cornwall, May 23-June 1, 2016
Hiking in Cornwall, June 6-15, 2016
England Coast to Coast, June 26-July 9, 2016
Hiking in Cornwall, September 5-14, 2016

Client Testimonials:


Richard was responsive, responsible, enlightening, enjoyable traveling companion and excellent tour leader; paid attention to all details, left nothing to chance; flexible; on the look out for unforseen opportunities that we might be interested in and enjoy. Terry D., Palm Springs, CA
Hiking in the Slovenian Alps
I think Richard enjoys his job and it shows. He was very helpful in finding us fine traditional handicrafts. Sharon K., Burnsville MN
Ultimate Everest
I thoroughly enjoyed hiking with Richard. I found him to be very capable, professional, and personable. After my second WT trip, it’s hard to decide whether to chose my third trip (WT, of course) by destination or by leader! Mary Jo B., Franklin WI
Hiking the Haute Route
Richard is on top of everything—fun to be with and cares about each and everyone. This is the second trip with Richard and one of the reasons we decided to take the Croatia trip. Margaret S., Bend, OR
Sailing the Dalmatian Coast
Richard was his usual ubiquitous self! Always there. Always helpful and attentive. Then, without being noticeable, off making arrangements for meals or guides or transportation or other client’s needs. Loads of fun! The best! Jack S., Bend, OR
Sailing the Dalmatian Coast
Hang on to Richard Bell—he's the best guide ever! Jane Koester, Wilmington DE
Slovenia: Hiking the Julian Alps
I always enjoy traveling with Richard. He does all the ‘behind-the-scenes' work to avoid any problems. Jack H., Cockeysville, MD
Istria and the Islands of the Adriatic
We enjoyed Richard as a leader. He was very knowledgeable about history and was also a great chef! Mary M., Stillwater MN Absolutely fantastic. I can’t begin to tell you how good he is! Michael H., Jennings, LA
Hike to the Matterhorn
Good leadership skills, intimate knowledge of the route, handler of important details, and always enthusiastic about the venture each day. Paul L., Chicago Il
Tour du Mont Blanc
This was my first trip with Richard Bell and he is one of your best trip leaders. He is charming, witty, and hilariously funny. Judith K., South Portland, ME
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Richard is awesome; he has a great sense of humor and absolutely took care of us, and as we had such a small group, really got know each of us. His passion for not just this trip, but others he guides is simply infectious. Darlene R., APO, AE
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Richard was great. He has a great energy, is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, helpful, humorous, and a warm guy. Steve T., Santa Rosa, CA
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
My wife and I really enjoyed Richard. It was our first trip with him, but it won't be the last. Larry S., Boise, ID
Castles and Caves of Dordogne
Richard generously shared his extensive knowledge of the culture and local cuisine—it made for a very enjoyable experience at mealtimes. Linda K., Toronto, Ontario
England Coast to Coast
Richard exemplifies a WT guide. Excellent interaction skills, and genuinely concerned about clients enjoying themselves. Great sense of humor! Paul W., Gainesville, FL
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country
Richard was absolutely phenomenal in every way.... organizationally, on the hikes, in the pubs. His humor, knowledge, and enthusiasm were unparalleled. Kate F., Santa Monica, CA
England Coast to Coast
Richard is a fantastic leader with seemingly unlimited energy and good cheer. Mark S., Boulder, CO
England Coast to Coast
Richard's attention to detail, conscientiousness, and very caring attitude make him a topnotch guide. Wonderful! Lynne M., Portola Valley, CA
England Coast to Coast
Richard was friendly, fun, energetic, and very sensitive to the needs of all of the participants. I would love to do another trip with him. Karen P., San Marino, CA
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Richard puts his ALL into everything! He is a most capable Trip Leader and an exceptionally entertaining man that looks to creating the most cohesive group. Harriet M., Santa Barbara, CA
England Coast to Coast
Richard is the most organized, knowledgeable, and thoughtful guide I have ever had. I was so happy to meet him and enjoy his beautiful country through his eyes. Ellie Z., Bethesda, MD
England Coast to Coast
Richard Bell was excellent; very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about history, culture, and plants. He is a delight to travel with. Nancy P., Newton Upper Falls, MA
Normandy and Brittany
It goes without saying that Norway is a beautiful and unique country, but Richard made it come alive for us with experiences we could never have had on our own. Linda G., W. Hartford, CT
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country
Richard's area knowledge combined with his group-handling experience was incredible. His knowledge of good English beers was equally impressive! Richard P., Washington, DC
England Coast to Coast
Richard was fantastic. He is so experienced, knowledgeable, well organized, good working with people, and fun to be with. He brought so much expertise to every aspect of the trip, and we absorbed much, much more about England in general than we ever could have absorbed on our own. Peggy K., San Francisco, CA
England Coast to Coast
Richard is incredible. He always makes sure everyone is having a good time, takes care of those who need extra help, and keeps everything running amazingly smoothly. Barbara H., Boston, MA
England Coast to Coast
Richard is an awesome guide who went above and beyond to make this an enjoyable and memorable trip. His attention to detail and to each person's individual needs was excellent. Tony C., Doylestown, PA
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country