Alison Pickering

Profile updated 24/02/24

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Hi, I'm Alison

I am the only Blue Badge Guide living in Ambleside, the heart of Lakeland, the English Lake District. A small group specialist, let me show you or your tour group around this stunning area which is my "every day normal" . I would love to guide you through the eyes of a local around the place I call home. Scenic drives with knowledgeable commentaries, town and village walks, churches and farm tours are all my specialities.

Small groups are my speciality - I like to engage with guests in addition to being happy to deliver a commentary as we travel around. We could visit the homes and locations best loved by author, artist and woman extraordinaire, Beatrix Potter or perhaps the Lakes Poet William Wordsworth and his lesser known sister Dorothy, or John Ruskin, taking in a visit to his home with its views over Coniston Water.

I thoroughly enjoy guiding bespoke Beatrix Potter tours identifying the locations of the drawings in the little Beatrix Potter story books, as well as in Hawkshead using her book the Fairy Caravan which she wrote for the American market, and farms that were once owned by her. She was an amazing conservationist and I can show you some of the places she campaigned to save for the benefit of future generations (that's you and I), even where some of her real-life local friends and relatives lived! You may even get up close and meet the native Herdwick Sheep - a breed well loved and known by Beatrix - a farmer and a sheep breeder.

From tours of working farms in the Lake District, to William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin to name just a few of the personalities that have positively helped shape the area. Take a cruise on one or more of the spectacular lakes, visit Castles, see the evidence of the Lake District's industrial history and sampling Cumbrian food specialities are just some of the experiences I love to offer. Also guided tours of churches, and villages and towns steeped with history such as Ambleside, Hawkshead, Coniston and Grasmere.

Once an avid tourist to the Lake District myself having visited for over 25 years before making it the place I now call home, I have an appreciation of the visitors' wishlist and there is so much more to see, hidden histories and stories to reveal in this beautiful landscape regardless of the season.

As a volunteer at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Grasmere Museum and as a volunteer guide of a Heritage Garden created by Thomas Mawson, landscape designer of the Arts & Crafts period, I like to be generous with my knowledge, have a wide range of personal interests and hobbies.

Follow me on instagram (@Ambleside Alison) and have a look at my own website to discover more about what I can offer with links to contact me through What'sapp or email and take a few minutes to read one of my blog posts.
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Let me help make it a truly memorable experience.

I look forward to hearing from you

Alison Pickering MITG
(Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, insured and registered with the British Guild of Tourist Guides)

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Experienced farm tour guide and animal lover who was once a visitor guide at a large conservation zoo in the south of England.

Castles & Palaces
Churches & Cathedrals
Birds & Animals
Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts
Regional Tours
Stately Homes & Country Houses
Stately Homes & Country Houses
Walking Tours

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