Welcome to guided tours of Cumbria, the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall with ‘Discover Lakeland’
Hello! My name is Anna Gray and I am an experienced Blue Badge Tour Guide offering friendly and informative guided tours of the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and other areas of Cumbria.
On my guided tours, you will receive an in-depth understanding of the historical and cultural landscapes you visit, but delivered in such a way that the information is easy to digest and easy to remember.
It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see!
Henry David Thoreau
Owing to the current Covid situation, I am running a series of virtual tours on Historic Carlisle. The first of these takes place on Wednesday 10 March at 7.00 pm (GMT) with the remaining others on Thursday evenings on 8 April, 6 May and 3 June. If you would like to book on any of these dates, please go to Trybooking to book your place: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/YXF
I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Carlisle with you.
What makes a good guided tour?
Good preparation is essential to ensuring my guests receive the best possible experience. Once I know more about your interests, the time you have available and your levels of fitness, I can then develop an itinerary and a guided tour that is tailor-made for you.
Learning should be fun and that is what I want you to experience during our guided tour. By gradually building up your understanding of the history, heritage and breathtaking landscapes of Hadrian’s Wall or the Lake District (both World Heritage Sites), you will feel enriched with positive memories that you can share with others.
You are not joining a group or having a set tour that is repeated on a daily or weekly basis. This is your tour, and by listening to and understanding your requirements, I can develop the optimum tour that works for you.
As someone who enjoys planning trips, Anna is a joy to work with. She’s very good at pacing a trip and she is by far the best prepared guide I’ve ever known. She’s very knowledgeable about all the places she’ll take you to and matches the level of detail to what her clients want.
Bill Beal, White Nights Northern Lights Travel Agency, North Carolina, US
Why hire a guide?
There are many benefits to hiring a guide.
Unless your tour is organised through a third party, I will be your main contact throughout the planning process.
You will receive a high level of understanding, delivered in a friendly and personable way.
You can benefit from my local knowledge on accommodation and transport options, and the most scenic and interesting routes to take.
You can rest assured that your tour will have been carefully planned from the outset so that everything falls into place as it should.
At all stages, I will advise you on what is realistic and practical to include during the time you have available – yet be flexible to your needs on the day.
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