We're Hiring!

Freelance Tour Guides

  • Location: Cotswolds and beyond
  • Pay: Day rate to be discussed
  • Role: Seasonal (May to October)

The Company

Active England Tours is a travel company specialising in cycling, walking, swimming and adventure tours, family holidays and private trips, through beautiful countryside and a host of iconic places in England: the Cotswolds, Devon, Cornwall, The Lake District and more! Our guests can be international, often from North America, as well as local to the UK. We have a relatively small in-house team working behind the scenes and our guides are at the heart of our company. 

Role Location

Tours average around 6 days, operating throughout the Cotswolds, Devon, Cornwall and the North of England. We run our own direct trips as well as through North American and UK Operators. We are particularly keen for guides based in The Cotswolds, or those who are happy to travel to work in this region. Our main facility for storage of equipment and running of operations is in Oxfordshire, with hubs in the North and South West. 

About The Role

Active England are looking for brilliant people to join our growing active travel business. We’re a close-knit team of experts and enthusiasts who love their work! We specialise in creating unforgettable active tours and holiday packages throughout England. We’re looking for driven and engaging ‘people’ to join our expanding team in 2023.


Our freelance guides are the heart of our tours – we couldn’t do what we do without tour leaders! Our guides lead guests through wonderful landscapes, show them hidden gems and take them to the best pubs, cafes and restaurants for well-earned refreshments.


All our guides receive full training and relevant courses including First Aid, Private Hire Licence, Cycle UK Leader, Basic Bike Maintenance. If you already have First Aid or any Walking or Cycling qualifications then that’s even better but it’s not essential. Guides must be 25 or over, hold a UK driving licence and love people! We are looking for a real mixture of people with diverse interests – so if you’re a wild swimmer / hiker / cyclist / kayaker or even a forager then we’d love to hear from you.

What to expect

Tour guiding is a way of working in a busy, dynamic, fun and engaging working environment! Some days our guides are leading guests walking through the Cotswolds to a champagne toast in the local museum, other days you are leading a group hiking over the tallest peaks in the Lake District in pouring rain. If you are looking for a change of working opportunity or you are an existing guide looking to expand your portfolio, we would love to hear from you.

  • ✔ Seasonal work on week-long tours with a great team
  • ✔ Competitive rates of pay depending on experience
  • ✔ Work outside, showcasing our countryside and coast
  • ✔ Enjoy a job that sees you interact with guests every day, taking them on a fantastic holiday experience
  • ✔ Cycling, walking, swimming or moving all day!


Please email a Cover Letter with your CV to hello@activeenglandtours.com or hit the button below. If you have any questions or require further information prior to applying then please use the same email address. We look forward to hearing from you!