Itineraries & Route Planning

Most of my guided tours are tailor-made for each client.  The whole process is very much a two-way dialogue between the client’s needs and the practical possibilities that can be accommodated within the given time schedule.

Ahead of any guided tour, I usually prepare an annotated route map and develop an time-tabled itinerary that satisfies the clients’ particular interests and specific needs as far as possible.

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.

Ambleside & Lake Windermere

DISTANCE:  20 km or 12.5 miles plus cruise (7 miles)

DURATION:  78 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-Raphaelite East Window

Holehird Gardens – 10-acre hillside garden, managed by 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-guided tour of house (1 hour)

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-guided tours from 1.00.  Thursday afternoon baking demonstration of a traditional recipe.  

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