Derek Smith

Derek has been a tour leader with Back-Roads Touring since 2007 and looks forward to every opportunity to show off his favourite country, England. It is his mantra that the tours are, to his guests, “what their dreams are made of” and his role is to make sure that they fulfil those dreams. As well as the more traditional touring information, Derek seeks out and shares the interesting quirks of the English language and the local cultures, folklore and behind the-scenes history of the places visited - “the stories behind the stories”. In 2014 Derek was crowned Best Driver/Tour Leader at Back-Roads’ Annual Tour Leader Awards.


Derek often leads our Corners of Cornwall, Heart of England, Chelsea Flower Show, Isle of Wight & The New Forest and Tailor-Made tours.

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