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Friendly and informative guided tours of
Cumbria, the Lake District & Hadrian’s Wall
Ambleside & Lake Windermere
DISTANCE: 20 km or 12.5 miles plus cruise (7 miles)
DURATION: 7–8 hours
REFRESHMENTS: Ambleside, Holehird Gardens
Cruise from Bowness to Ambleside on Windermere
Galava Roman fort
Armitt Museum – exquisite watercolours by Beatrix Potter
Bridge House – much photographed building over Stock Beck
Townend – preserved example of a yeoman farmer’s house with
original furniture and fixtures
Jesus Church with fine pre-
Holehird Gardens – 10-
Lakeland Horticultural Society as a ‘garden for all seasons’
SUGGESTED ITINERARY (all times are approximate)
09.10 Depart hotel.
09.30 Sailing departs from Bowness to Ambleside.
10.05 Arrive Ambleside. Drive to Galava (30 min visit).
10.45 Armitt Museum (at least 1 hour)
12.00 LUNCH in Ambleside including visit to Bridge House (1½ hours).
13.45 Townend for self-
15.00 Jesus Church (30 mins)
15.35 Holehird Gardens (1 hour)
16.40 Hammar Bank viewpoint on return journey (15 mins)
17.00 Return to hotel
Armitt Museum – best days to visit are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Townend – open Wed to Sunday only. Guided tours at 11.00 and 12.00.
House open self-
demonstration of a traditional recipe.
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Most of my guided tours are tailor-
Ahead of any guided tour, I usually prepare an annotated route map and develop an time-
Adequate preparation before any tour usually ensures that it will proceed smoothly and that the guided tour will be a positive experience for all participants.
To give you an idea of what is involved, have a look at the sample itinerary and route map for one of my guided tours.