My aim is to take guests on magical experiences they will never forgot. My specialism is tailor made, quality tours across the diverse, beautiful region of Cumbria and the English Lake District National Park that has been my home for the past 25 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.
My blog http://postwww.the-lakeland-gardener.co.uk gives regular updates on Lake District Gardens, explores the history of gardening and gives you peaks into my own garden 1000 feet above sea level on a beautiful Lakeland fell.
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 plan the routes and itineraries to suit the client.
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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
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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
Experienced tour director working for a variety of tour operators throughout the UK
Registered Blue Badge Guide, GNVQIII-Tourism, MITG