I am your English-born, UK and French expert for all activity holidays in off-the-beaten track destinations in UK and France. I have lived, worked and traveled extensively in both the UK and France. Passionate about outdoor activities, I love creating made to measure trips where travelers have an authentic experience, meet local people and indulge in the local way of life.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in active holidays, mainly self-guided hiking holidays, but also guided hiking holidays and self-guided cycling holidays in France and the UK. We focus on off the beaten track destinations with a strong regional identity, often overlooked by large companies, where our customers can enjoy a true local experience. Although we pride ourselves on interesting and varied circuits, for us the après-hike is of equal importance. We use small guest houses where there is a genuinely warm welcome and wonderful regional cuisine."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I moved to France in 2003 with my wife and first child. After perfecting my French and exploring the 4 corners of France, I decided to use my knowledge and extensive experience as a walker, mountaineer and traveler to create holidays which provide an authentic French experience in the wonderful destinations I had discovered. High Point Holidays was formerly created 10 years ago as an Anglo/French collaboration with my father Tony who was based in the UK office. Tony has since sadly passed away. My brother Mark has been involved with the company since 2011, becoming a partner in 2014. We now have two companies, one based in France and one based in the UK, working together to provide holidays in France, the UK and occasionally further afield, meaning that we are locally present where we welcome most of our customers. The company is growing but remains a family affair with my wife a partner in the French company, Randonnees Outre-Manche."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I would say that my favourite travel experience is a trip to the USA in 2000. It was one of the first travel experiences outside of Europe with my wife, soon after we were married. We hired a car and took a tour around the National Parks including Yosemite, Brice, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon. There were so many great experiences including watching the sun set over the Grand Canyon which was simply unforgettable. At the end of our road trip we stopped in Las Vegas and then flew to Dallas and had a great few days with my cousin and his wife who live there. What amazing contrasts. "
Featured trips & expertise
England & Wales: Oxford, Cotswolds, Bath, Brecon Beacons & Llandudno - 10 Days
Enjoy everything from champagne afternoon tea to a twilight spa visit on this relaxing 10-day trip from England to Wales. Begin with punting and a picnic in Oxford and tour the historical sites before embarking on two discovery trails and a horse trek in the charming Cotswolds. Then, head to Bath for a literary tour and some pampering. Next, cross into Wales to explore an ancient abbey, the mountains of Brecon Beacons, and ride the Snowdonia Mountain Railway while touring the stunning coasts and castles.
Self-Drive Wales from London: Llangollen, Conwy, Aberystwyth, Cardiff & More - 10 Days
From incredible coasts to stunning castles, this 10-day road trip begins and ends in London, England. Drive to Llangollen to see the hills along the River Dee before exploring the best of Conwy, Llandudno, and historic Great Orme. Next, take a guided adventure through Snowdonia and drive the Pembrokeshire Coast. Then, explore a few waterside towns—including Aberystwyth and Tenby—visit the Gower peninsula, and go sightseeing in the capital city of Cardiff.
Guided Drive of Wales: Brecon Beacons, St Davids, Portmeirion, Conwy & Manchester - 7 Days
A private driver will guide you on this week-long adventure through Wales, beginning with a tour of Tintern Abbey en route to the stunning mountains of Brecon Beacons. Then, stop in the small harbor town of Tenby and tour Caldey Island. Next, spend a free day enjoying the Italian-inspired village of Portmeirion before exploring the northern coasts and castles around Conwy. The finale is a tour of Old Trafford Stadium, home to Manchester United.
Best of Wales: Cardiff, Brecon Beacons, Llandudno & Conwy - 5 Days
This trip covers the best of Wales from the south, central, and north destinations. Begin by exploring a historic abbey before discovering the Brecon Beacons. Then, get acquainted with the fantastic castles in Central Wales. Next, tour the northern coast, ride an iconic railway, and visit a Middle Age castle before discovering the history of Conwy and ending with a toast at a craft beer experience in Chester, England.
Hike Wales: the Pembrokeshire Coast - 5 Days
Hike through the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast for a beautiful, off-the-beaten-path view of Wales, where you'll spend the first few days anchored in Fishguard. Explore the coastal town and hike to see the fantastic vistas of Dinas Island and the curved beach of Pwll Gylog. Next, trek through the volcanic landscape of Pwll Deri, and visit the port town of Goodwick before hiking around cliffs in Trefin and the coastal plateau of Whitesands. Finally, land in St Davids for a last hike to Solva and a boat trip.
Wales & England: Coastal Culture, Cuisine & Castles - 5 Days
This quick-yet-eventful trip takes you from the south to the north coast of Wales, with a delicious ending in England. Start with a culinary and cultural tour in Cardiff and stop in quaint Hay-on-Wye before discovering the stunning Brecon Beacons. Take a wildlife tour of the Gower Coast, a ghost walk in Tenby, visit Caldey Island, and get to know Italian-inspired Portmeirion. Next, tour the famed Caernarfon Castle, take the Llangollen Railway, and land in Manchester, England, for two craft beer and food tour experiences.
Recent trip reviews for William
Walking Vacation in Scotland
Sep 7 - Oct 16, 2022
Just back home after more than 40 days walking and touring around Scotland. This trip was originally planned for 2020 but was delayed until this year due to COVID. We travelled to Inverness, Orkney, Shetland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, and Fort William. We used car hire, trains, and ferries to get around and it was great fun. What was special, was that William provided us with walking itineraries at each place we visited so we had a choice of 5 or 6 hikes of varying durations whenever... read more
It was a pleasure looking after you in Scotland. I am very happy that our conversations from 2019 translated into a successful adventure in the autumn of 2022.
All the best, thanks for choosing us.
We had a 30 day trip so it involved quite a f...
Aug 8 - Sep 5, 2022
We had a 30 day trip so it involved quite a few hotels. We loved the variety of places that were selected and really enjoyed all the locations. Our guide in the Caingorms Steve Beddick was excellent. He had great knowledge of the history and the wildlife in the area. Our guide Chris on the Isle of Lewis was equally as exceptional and provided an excellent tour. Our accommodations in Lewis the Broad Bay House was one of our favorite locations. The Inn keepers were very skilled and provided a... read more
Dear Deborah and Conrad,
Thank you for this 5-star review. It was a pleasure creating the itinerary pre-Covid, and then being able to finally put it all in place this Summer. We are really happy that you had a great time in Wales, Scotland and England.
Thank you again for choosing us.
William & the team at High Point Holidays
England and Scotland
Jul 7 - Jul 21, 2022
To William , Stephen and all the KimKim team. Ron and I want to thank you for all the work you put into planning our trip. We enjoyed out tip through England to Scotland and back to England. All of the choices for our accommodations were wonderful. One of our favorite places to stay was The Upper Largo Hotel. The pub and restaurant there was so nice. The food was wonderful. Also, our accommodations in Port Isaac , The Slipway was so ver nice. All the Bed And Breakfast and Hotels were... read more
Thank you for taking the time with this detailed review, but also thank you so much for choosing to travel with us. We are pleased that you loved the way we ran the vacation, and that you got to so special experiences especially in Bath and in Manchester. Have a great summer, and I hope the happy memories last forever.
Sincere regards from those who worked on the trip here at High Point Holidays.
Trip to England—4 days in London, 3 days in English Country Side (Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge)
May 29 - Jun 6, 2022
Our trip to England was absolutely phenomenal. From the beginning of planning the trip to the moment we got home everything was fun & easy. Stephen was fully accessible at all times when it came to planning the perfect trip. He went back & forth with me several times planning & making changes to make sure we were able to have the exact kind of trip we were wanting. All of our tour guides were very informative and interactive! While we were in England anytime we needed to contact one of the... read more
Dear Madison & Charles,
Thank you for this 5-star review. We are really happy to see the detailed review, as your time is precious. It was a pleasure for myself, Stephen, and the team to organize this for you and allow you to experience the Queen's 75th jubilee in such a special way. These types of themed requests are really interesting to work on!
Thank you for trusting in us to create your tailormade vacation in England. Spring is a great time to travel here and we are happy that... read more
Overall, we had a wonderful time in London an...
Jun 14 - Jun 23, 2022
Overall, we had a wonderful time in London and Paris. While Kimkim got a lot right, such as hooking us up with great tour guides and finding good accomodations in nice locations, there were some glitches which would prevent me from using them again. The main issue was with timing; there were many instances where there simply wasn't enough time to get from one place to another, resulting in us missing some of our paid activities. For example, we had premium Big Bus tickets and a boat tour... read more
Dear Michelle and Aubrey,
I would like to take the time to sincerely thank you for your feedback. This helps us become stronger, and rectify anything. I would like to take the time to reply though.
Firstly, we are happy that you like the trip and especially enjoyed the hotels and the tour guides. It was a pleasure putting you in touch with great guides during the current boom in European tourism.
When it comes to timing, we are sorry to hear that you missed out on some experiences or... read more
Excellent Trip to London, Scotland's Highlands, and Ireland
Jun 1 - Jun 20, 2022
We had the best trip to London, Northern Scotland, and Ireland! Kimkim connected us to William and Stephen who created an itinerary for us. They listened closely and added well-coordinated experiences around our interests. We combined: time in London, hiking in Northern Scotland, visiting Isle of Skye, and spending time in the South East coast of Ireland. We worked closely with Stephen, and he was knowledgeable and created a great trip for us. We loved taking the overnight train from... read more
Well we are really happy that you enjoyed yourselves. Sending families to the most interesting corners of the United Kingdom and Ireland is a real joy. It gave me a lot of satisfaction to read that you appreciated the work of Stephen and our team. We are happy to hear that. I also appreciate that you highlighted your preferred suppliers, and that you loved the West Highland Way. It is an epic, yet achievable adventure isn't it!
Thank you for travelling with us, and taking the time to write such a detailed review.
All the best Rebecca,
William at High Point
Best family vacation
May 25 - Jun 5, 2022
Absolutely one of the best family vacations we have had. Extremely organized and excellent communication before and during the entire trip. We will absolutely use Kim Kim for our next adventure. read more
Thank you for choosing us Marty and Brad - it was a pleasure organizing this adventure for you.
A perfect 2 weeks in England!
Apr 18 - Apr 30, 2022
Kudos and more to William and Stephen! What a fabulous 2 week trip they put together for us in April. We started in London, travelled to Swanage and Lyme Regis, experienced Bath and the Cotswalds before returning to London. Our accomodations were charming and all prearranged tours were the best. It was so nice to have all of this plus transportation arranged in advance, as it allowed us to focus on the incredible sights and scenes and not stress about the details. All of the guides we... read more
We booked a trip to England thru KimKim and i...
Apr 18 - Apr 30, 2022
We booked a trip to England thru KimKim and it was absolutely fantastic. William and Stephen put together an amazing trip and there was no one thing that was not perfect. Hotels were awesome, the tours they picked for us were fantastic and all transfers showed up on time as arranged. They did everything and all we did was show up. I would highly recommend this group and we will most definitely use them again. read more
Trip to Scotland - April 2022
Apr 22 - Apr 29, 2022
Our trip to Scotland in April 2022 was certainly very well organized. The people scheduled to pick us up from the airport, along with the guides and chauffeurs were timely in their pick up and drop off each day we were there. Our guide Keith was very knowledgeable and prompt and dressed each day in a kilt which added to the flair of the trip!
The walking tour guide in the cities of Edinburg (Jenny) and our city guide in Glasgow ( Caron) were both excellent. We especially liked our... read more
Apr 25 - May 5, 2022
We had the trip of a lifetime with the help of William and Stephen. They tailored the trip to the things we liked and took out all the stress of planning the trip. We particularly liked all of our tours, the wildlife tour, riding bikes in Callander, and the tour of islands in Oban. All of our guides were knowledgeable and kind. There was not one activity we did not love, and the team checked in to make sure things were going smoothly. The accommodations were also amazing. Our favorites... read more
12-Day Honeymoon in Scotland - April 2022
Apr 18 - Apr 29, 2022
We had a fantastic 12-day trip touring Scotland. William and Stephen at High Point Holidays were very helpful throughout the process. Early on in planning, they worked through several iterations of our itinerary making sure if fit our needs. When it came to the trip itself, we had some travel challenges, including a cancelled flight that delayed our trip by a full day, and a positive COVID test making us unable to travel back on the date intended at the end of the trip. William and Stephen... read more
Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2021
The trip was kind of a cluster because of the COVID regulations, but some of the restaurants or destinations were closed on the day we were scheduled to see them. Our rental was a nightmare, we didn't fit in the cars and the car seat was unavailable, so we had to use a different one that was not functional that we had to makeshift into working. The tour guide/driver was just a driver. He didn't know the schedule and asked us where we were supposed to be going and seemed confused with the... read more