Berkshire Outdoor Excursions and Tours with Jim Czarnecki of Taking Shape


Are you in the mood for some biking, hiking, canoeing, some adventures, a taste of theBerkshire outdoors? Then you should get to know Jim Czarnecki of Taking Shape. Jim is an outdoor fitness enthusiast and guided tours expert and he’s just the guy to show you the Berkshires’ natural beauty.

Jim is fresh from leading a tour of the Ashuwilliticook Rail Trail with members of the UK press, who were delighted with their two hour bike trip.

This group tour had been organized by the office of Discover New England (DNE) and it was what is called a familiarization (FAM) tour. A FAM tour is typically press people, travel agents, or tour operators who come over to familiarize themselves to the area in hopes of promoting it to certain audiences or industries.  The theme of this group press familiarization tour was culinary and outdoor adventure. The six press people were looking to familiarize themselves with NE, so they could go back to the UK and write about it in their daily newspaper, travel publication, or travel website that they work for.

One of the 6 press people cancelled at the last minute because of food poisoning (ah, the hazards of traveling), but the other 5 came, along with their DNE escort, Joanna Thomas. Josephine Austin toured with them – writer for Selling Long Haul, the only monthly publication dedicated to the coverage of long haul travel from the UK. It’s distributed to every retail Travel Agent and Tour Operator in the UK, along with other individuals in the travel industry. Jacqueline Thake also joined the tour, she’s a writer for the Sunday Mirror – a weekly that’s also the national Sunday paper. Richard Hartley-Parkinson – writer for TravelMail – a news website at was on board as well, as was Simon Hill – writer for the Express & Star – published Monday-Saturday, a paid for newspaper mainly distributed in the West Midlands area in England.

You too, could benefit from Jim’s fitness expertise and knowledge of the natural Berkshires. He can be reached through his website or by phone at (413) 281-7671…and you can find him featured in the Berkshire Eagle’s “Big Deals”.

Jim also leads winter sports excursions so if cross country skiing and snowshoeing are more your idea of fun, book ahead with him to enjoy our region in the winter!