Carole Petipher was brought up in the Chiltern Hills situated between Oxford and London in an unspoilt village. Her Sunday treat when she was a child was to take a drive out into the countryside and her love of driving on the Back Roads started there.
After earning her degree in French and Spanish, she embarked on a career in the French steel industry and became Head of Sales Development for the UK markets before undertaking a further degree in Management Studies.
But it has been some years since she escaped "the fast lane of corporate life.” During a sabbatical she found herself a passage on a French barge and fell in love with the life style and the country. Since then she has become a guide and Tour Director in France and elsewhere in Europe, specializing in rivers and canals. ‘I am delighted to be back on barges this year with Back Roads; it really is the perfect way to travel and explore the “Back Waters” of the country.’
Whilst not working she loves pottering in the garden, growing both flowers and vegetables and enjoy walking in the Chiltern Hills and catching up with friends.