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Entrepreneur walks into new business venture

Ian Strange
Ian Strange

Easton-on-the-Hill resident Ian Strange is looking to turn a lifelong passion for walking into a business venture with the launch of Rutland Trails.

His guided walking company takes in some of Rutland’s finest scenic routes and footpaths, uses independent hotels and guest houses along the way and showcases a range of other activities the county has to offer.

The idea has been inspired by a lifetime of walking but only came to fruition after Ian took a local holiday with a difference.

He explained: “Myself and my wife decided to literally shut the door on our Easton home with nothing more than a rucksack and a map and head off for the week.

“We had nothing booked and only a vague idea of the direction we wanted to head to first.

“We took in Ketton, Oakham, Uppingham and endless beautiful villages in between and I can honestly say, it was the best week’s holiday we have ever had. There was so much to see on our doorstep.”

The experience set the seed of an idea – and after trying out and testing walks and trails across a range of distances, meeting with owners of local hotels, bed and breakfasts and restaurants, as well as places of interest, he has created a walking holiday experience that he believes others will enjoy just as much as he and wife Dawn did on that very first adventure.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Ian, 57.

“A guided walking holiday suits anyone really – all ages and abilities as I can tailor the walk to suit them.

“It’s for single people, couples, groups and I hope to organise corporate activity days too, if there is sufficient demand.”

For Ian, who has walked the Himalayas, the Pyrenees, to the top of Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc, as well as Britain’s three tallest peaks and many of the public footpaths in between, Rutland Trails is the realisation of a lifetime of walking.

Rutland Trails’ website is now live and can be visited at www.rutlandtrails.co.uk.

It includes further details on this latest local business venture.

To contact Ian direct, tel: 07881 365355 or e-mail: ian@rutlandtrails.co.uk

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