Sophie Baker Marketing Manager Marmot Tours European Road Cycling Holidays

Sophie Baker

Marketing Manager

As a child, I spent my early years growing up in Jeddah on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia, so at weekends spent more time in a Laser or on a windsurf than on a bike. Once my family moved back home to North Yorkshire, we spent many happy times fell walking in the Moors, the Dales and the Lakes and I’ve loved the outdoors ever since.

I read English & Linguistics at university and after graduating, spent two years in Newcastle converting to law and completing my solicitors’ training with a view to following a legal career. But 3 months partying on the east coast of Australia at the end of it convinced me that going back to law until retirement was going to send me to an early grave, so I decided to retrain in marketing via the CIM. 25 years later and here I am at Marmot Tours!

I’m a married mum of three (two boys and a girl) and with my husband Jon, we live in the buzzing village of Rode, near Frome in Somerset. When not ferrying people around to rugby or football matches, we enjoy family time outdoors, especially walking and bike riding in the Somerset and Wiltshire countryside. We also love surfing, skiing and in warmer climes come the summer months, sailing and windsurfing.

I love keeping fit and enjoy running, open water swimming as well as a variety of classes, as long as they’re accompanied by some banging club tracks (80s and 90s throwback alert). I took up playing the ukulele 4 years ago when with a group of five girlfriends, we formed The Daisy Ukes. We sing and play at local pubs and festivals, have heaps of fun and definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously!

I joined Marmot Tours on a freelance basis in 2017 but am now employed full time – there’s still plenty to do! I’m very grateful to be part of  such an energetic, passionate team. The service level and acute attention to detail is quite remarkable, plus the total dedication of everyone who works here, ensuring every single client’s holiday is the very best it can be, in every single way.