Geoffrey Cook

Profile updated 7/06/24

Regional Qualification(s):

Cumbria, North East



Phone Number(s):

01539-740133, 07875-662124

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A graduate in Geography from Oxford University, with 20 years' management experience in the passenger transport industry. Widely travelled throughout Britain - with particular knowledge of the North of England.

Chairman of Cumbria County Council in both 2014/15 and 2016/17. Town Mayor of Kendal in 2005/2006 and a Cumbria County Councillor from 2005 until 2023.

Guiding with groups and corporate clients - including Irish, Dutch, Belgian, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Israeli, American, Canadian, Chilean, Australian, New Zealand, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Thai, Malaysian, Arabian, Indian, Pakistani and Chinese visitors.

Cruise ship on-shore excursions.

Personal Interests:

Industrial Heritage
Lake District
Landscape Development
Town & Country Walks
Industrial Heritage
Landscape Development
North Pennines
Town & Country Walks

Special Interests:

Geography & Geology

Rocks, landforms, scenery and landscape development. Coast, mountains and moorland. Man's influence through industry, agriculture and forestry. Development of communications, towns, villages, cities and ports.

History & Prehistory

Stone circles; Roman roads and forts; Anglo-Saxon Northumbria; Norman castles and churches; Border conflicts; the great Monasteries; Christian heritage; Quakerism; Industrial and railway heritage.

Industrial Heritage

Early industries; Wind, water and steam power; Mining and quarrying; the Industrial Revolution; Development of canals, roads and railways; Maritime history; Industrial and transport museums.

Regional Tours

Cumbria and Northumbria regional qualifications. Covering the Lake District, Roman Wall, North Pennines and Northumberland. Including the cities of Carlisle, Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


Ancient routeways and Roman roads; Packhorse trails; Bridges and turnpikes; Canals, waterways and shipping; Development of railways (especially in the north-east); Tramways and buses.

Walking Tours

Easy Fell walks and scenic rambles in the Lake District and Pennine Dales. Town walks throughout Cumbria and Northumbria - Carlisle, Durham, Kendal, Newcastle and elsewhere.

Politics & Government

A County Councillor in Cumbria since 2005. Chairman of Cumbria County Council for 2014/15. Also a Town Councillor - served as Mayor of Kendal in 2005/6.

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