Gordon Lightburn

Profile updated 28/11/22

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07470 936 583

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Thank You for visiting and a warm Welcome to my webpage.
If I may start by sharing a quote by the famous Lakes Poet William Wordsworth ~ "........it is my principal wish to furnish a Guide or Companion for the minds of Persons of feeling for landscape, who might be inclined to explore the District of the Lakes with that degree of attention to which its beauty may fairly lay claim.” ~

Born and brought up on the gently sloping hillsides of a family dairy farm in my native Cumbria - I bring a natural love of this land to enrich your Cumbrian experience.

Cumbria's beautiful landscape is equaled by fascinating, often dramatic history, with many tales as yet untold. But one filled with innovation and industry, graft and grit, folklore and myth. A wonderful heritage radiated by literature, poetry, romance and of course - adventure. Our theatre, the most romantic of landscapes – The English Lake District and Solway Coast.

Perhaps then, a boat trip on England’s longest Lake, or hike its finest mountains, seeking out that most picturesque of views; or simply, serenely, meandering poetic byways, linking gorgeous towns, villages, lakes and mountains…….

My interests are broad; but when not outdoors exploring our lakes and mountains, I particularly enjoy delving into our history, how evolution and man shaped this fantastic landscape, utilised it’s natural resources, was inspired to create art and literature. Delving with patient curiosity, investigating those innumerable connections - how this small, beautiful and hugely influential region, helped to shape the history of countries far and near - North America, Asia, Japan, Australasia and Europe.

A little of what I do....

Landscape, literature and nature tours.

Coaches of all sizes guided.

Cycle tours arranged and guided.

Photography and location tours a specialty.

Walking tours - up hill, down dale, around town – or any combination of the three….

Your Guide to ‘Wordsworth-shire’, ‘Beatrix Potter’ and ‘Rebanks’ country.

Wheelchair friendly and physically fit - explore miles without stiles….

Wildlife and conservation discovered.

.... and much else besides....

Special Interests:

Walking Tours

Cumbria enjoys the very best scenic walks in the country. Be it a gentle lakeshore ramble, an iconic Lakeland village stroll, or something a little - or a lot - more adventurous amongst the hills. With 9 lakes, extensive ancient woodlands and over 200 fells to choose from, there are walks to suit all ages, abilities and interests.


As an accomplished photographer myself, I understand that a truly wonderful image is achieved with that perfect combination of light, composition and perspective – by being in the right place at the right time! In the Lake District this means knowing precise locations where those fleeting fusions of season, time and weather, creates amazing images of our awe inspiring landscape.

Churches & Cathedrals

Cumbria is supremely blessed with a richness of beautiful country churches and chapels - some dating back to Saxon times. And the jewel in this charismatic congregation?.... ~ one of the very few churches designed by a woman...


From the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Roman Wall, to Norman Castles, Civil War, Rebellions, Raiders and Reivers - into the industrial era of World and Cold war stories and museums - discover two millennia of military and industrial-military heritage.

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