Valerie Abraham

Profile updated 22/05/24

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Phone Number(s):

07833595319, 07833-595319

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My aim is to take guests on magical experiences they will never forgot. My tours are tailor made across the diverse, beautiful region of Cumbria and the English Lake District National Park that has been my home for the past 28 years. Bespoke holiday tours for individuals and groups are designed to pass on my passion for the North of England and give visitors an insight into the area's hidden gems. I have a love of literature and horticulture so if you want a tour of the many literary sites in the region or to visit some of the fabulous gardens I would love to design a tour for you.

I qualified as a Blue Badge Guide in 2000 and have since guided visitors from all corners of the world. My tours have been with just one or two people, study tours with groups of 10 to 24, and larger groups of 40 to 50 people. Tours can be foot, by public transport, in cars, coaches or in large buses.

I can arrange a driver and car to suit your needs or accompany you in your own car. Contact me for a quotation.

I plan the routes and itineraries to suit the clients' requirements.

Personal Interests:

Art and Architecture
Study Tours
Arts and Crafts Movement

Special Interests:


Studied horticulture: achieved RHS II and RSA examiniations; member of RHS and Lake District Horticultural Society; introductions to private gardens and unusual aspects of public gardens.


From Daniel Defoe, who described the Lake District as "barren & frightful", via Wordsworth, the Lake Poets, Beatrix Potter, Norman Nicholson, Melvyn Bragg and James Rebanks - The Herdy Shepherd. Talks, walks, guided tours.


Gentle walks in the English Lake District National Park

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

The 19th Century Arts & Craft movement, Pre-Raphaelites & JMW Turner and John Constable in the North


The Romans in the North & Hadrian's Wall, Castles and Historic Houses

Regional Tours

Experienced tour director working for a variety of tour operators throughout the UK

Additional Qualifications:

Registered Blue Badge Guide, GNVQIII-Tourism, MITG

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