About More than Mountains

More than Mountains runs courses and guided tours throughout the Lake District and Cumbria, and is owned by Nick and Jill Cannon Jones. We are passionate about providing exciting, engaging and safe outdoor activities and tours in the beautiful surroundings of the British countryside.

Unfortunately it is not a legal requirement in Britain for companies like ours to use qualified instructors or to have insurance. However, here at More than Mountains, we take both of these points very seriously. All of the instructors we use are fully qualified for the activity they are running. We are very happy to show copies of any instructor’s qualification and our insurance – just ask.

If someone is charging a lot less than us please make sure you find out why.


After studying languages at university I spent three years in Japan and then a further five years using my Japanese in project management roles in this country but I left it all behind to move to the Lake District. I have walked and climbed throughout the UK and abroad and am always keen to explore new places. I have always had a passion for maps (I have been called a “map geek”!) and teaching so since gaining my Mountain Leader certificate in 2006 I have really enjoyed leading navigation courses.

In 2009 I graduated top of my class and became a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for Cumbria and the Lake District. I take groups and individuals on guided walking tours and coach tours throughout the county. I love introducing people to the Lake District and am equally happy guiding in English or Japanese, from the front of a coach or on foot, in an ancient church or on England’s highest mountains.

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Since discovering rock climbing and hill walking with the Scouts I have never been far away from the mountains. I have been lucky enough to turn what began as a year out into a full time career. I have worked my way through the Mountain Training  mountaineering qualifications from my Mountain Leader award through Rock Climbing Instructor, Winter Mountain Leader and Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor to becoming a  Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor in 2009. As a WMCI I am qualified to take you rock, snow or ice climbing anywhere in the UK. The WMCI (previously known as the MIC) is the highest UK specific qualification so you could not be in safer hands. I now also work on courses and workshops to train and assess future mountaineering instructors and provide continuing professional development (CPD) sessions to help qualified instructors keep their awards current and up to date with best practise. I am a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).

I have gained so much from the outdoor environment, particularly the Lake District. I now enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the hills with others and passing on the knowledge to help them go and explore by themselves. I have been an active member of a Mountain Rescue Team (first Keswick and  then Duddon and Furness) from 2005 to 2015 and I once appeared in Coronation Street.

More than Mountains is growing which means we are now in the exciting position of being able to use specially picked freelance instructors for some of our courses. All of our freelancers are fully qualified for the activities we employ them for and have been chosen because we believe they can offer the best possible service to our customers. They are all friendly and approachable people who share our love for the outdoors.

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