Alison Pickering

Profile updated 9/07/24

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Hi, I'm Alison

Welcome to the Lake District!

I love showing visitors around this spectacular landscape, beautiful regardless of the time or year or the weather.

Tours are tailored to your interests and I especially love opening the eyes of first time visitors as they see so much more than the lakes and mountains and discover the history and heritage of this unique area. The English Lake District has been home to neolithic settlers, the Romans and the Vikings. For centuries the area has been like a magnet, attracting artists and poets in the Romantic era following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and other literary giants. Wealthy industrialists of the late 1800s built fabulous lakeside properties as their summer retreats, many of which are now gorgeous hotels - perhaps you will be staying in one of them? Everywhere you look there is a story waiting to be told.

Based near Ambleside, I know the area extremely well. 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 for small groups are all my specialities.

Conservation is not a new concept and although much known and loved as a children's author - particularly the Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter bequeathed much land to the National Trust and I love to do tours around this quieter area of the Lake District visiting the places she stayed at for family holidays and going on to the areas where she lived and worked here as well as the farms she saved.

In Hawkshead using Beatrix Potter's 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.

Did you know 2024 marks the 250th year since the birth of Robert Southey - who was he and why is he remembered in the Lake District? Why not have a tour of Keswick where Southey lived as well as Grasmere to see the homes and burial place of William Wordsworth.

Donald Campbell and the Bluebird
Earlier this year I witnessed the return to the lakeside village of Coniston in the Lake Dsitrict of the refurbished hydroplane - the Bluebird. In January 1967 it had its final fateful journey on Coniston Water as Donald Campbell tried to beat his own World Water Speed record. Now housed in a museum full to the brim of Lake District artefacts proving to be of interest to a wide audience.

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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
Blue Badge Tourist Guide for Cumbria

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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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