Special Interest guided tours

In Cumbria and the Lake District, there are so many themes that could be enjoyed.  I’ve picked out four of my favourites here, but specialist guided tours could cover many other subjects such as maritime and industrial heritage, glacial geology of Borrowdale, ‘reading’ Roman landscapes, Norse heritage of Cumbria, wildlife tours and many other options.

If you are interested in a particular theme or would like more information on any of the guided tours outlined here, please get in touch so we can discuss your requirements in more detail.

A Tale of Beatrix Potter

The inspiration for many of Beatrix’s much-loved children’s books was drawn from Cumbria.  On this full day Lake District guided tour, we follow in her footsteps, visiting sites such as Wray Castle, Hawkshead, Hill Top and Tarn Hows that played a key part in the story of her life and understand how she came to be one of the most generous benefactors of the Lake District.

Anna arranged an exceptional private tour about Beatrix Potter.  I had an unforgettable day of beauty and history with an affable guide.  C.  Devonport, New Zealand, Oct 2023

Literary Lakeland

Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and the Lake Poets to seek out the places that inspired them and which, in turn, inspire us.  On this tour, we visit a selection of places associated with the Lake Poets – Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount, Grasmere, Keswick, Mirehouse – and try to understand what they experienced and how this manifested itself in their lives and those of others.

This tour was fantastic!  Anna is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, resourceful, curious and very flexible in updating the itinerary as the day unfolded.  This was easily the best tour I have ever had in my life.  Anna helped me tie everything together – the literature, history, architecture and what it all means.  Most importantly, it was so much fun!  I would give this tour ten stars if I could!  M. Panetta, August 2023

Sacred Landscapes

A guided tour around the enigmatic stone circles and megalithic monuments of the Eden Valley to understand how they relate to the landscape.  We will visit Long Meg and her Daughters stone circle and marvel at the mysteries of Mayburgh Henge and King Arthur’s Round Table.  Later, we uncover the remnants of the impressive Shap ‘Avenue’ of standing stones.

Anna struck just the right balance between enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the sacred landscapes that we visited.  She tailored the tour to meet my specific requirements yet included monuments that I didn’t even know existed, let alone thought to ask about.  David Weller, February 2016

Romans and Reivers

A special guided tour delving into the historical turmoil of the borderlands.  In AD 122, a 73-mile-long wall was begun to control access in and out of the Roman Empire.  Hadrian’s Wall was to mark a boundary between the Roman perception of ‘civilised’ Britannia and the barbarian north.  We explore the significance of this and contrast it with the culture of endemic lawlessness practised by the infamous Border Reivers from the 14th century onwards.  This full-day guided tour will take you to sites associated with the Romans and the Border Reivers including Carlisle, Arthuret Church, Netherby Hall, Bewcastle and Birdoswald Roman Fort.

We had a wonderful experience on Anna’s guided tour.  It was exactly what we had hoped for!  Beth Rockcress, December 2017