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
NEW FOR 2022 – HW1900
Celebrate the 1900th anniversary of the start of the building of Hadrian’s Wall with a series of virtual tours on the less well-known section between Bowness-on-Solway and Gilsland. This section will be delivered over 3 consecutive evenings, starting with Bowness to Carlisle on Monday 24 January, then Carlisle to Banks on Tuesday 25 January, ending with Banks to Gilsland on Wednesday 26 January. The series of VTs will be repeated in late February and late March.
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.
Anna is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide of the highest level. She specializes in Cumbria and Hadrian’s Wall. Her focus is on private customized tours for her guests. She is exceedingly organized, provided a detailed itinerary and then we spoke for 45 minutes on our likes and dislikes and how to get the most from our day as it was our first time at Hadrian’s Wall. She then compiled an updated itinerary.
We spent a fabulous day on the wall. It was informative and she is exceedingly knowledgeable. To be honest, we never would have gotten as much out of our trip without her assistance and it was worth every penny.
I could not recommend Anna more highly. You will not be disappointed.
Harris Kaplan, posted on Tripadvisor in July 2021
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.
Introducing my new virtual tour on Historic Carlisle! Take your seat on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7.00 pm to hear about Carlisle’s rich history stretching back over 2000 years on a virtual ‘walk’ from the [...]