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Bays & Beaches of Ullswater by Kayak
For many people, Ullswater, quite rightly, is considered the most beautiful of the big lakes. It features bays & beaches, islands and lots of scenery. The ethos on the trips is always the same. Enjoy the scenery, have a chat, pass on a bit of knowledge to, and learn from, people looking for a similar venture. The first thing we'll do is sort out what's needed for the trip and introduce the boat. This is followed by a quick brief on what to do, then it's on to the water. There's no set route or furthest out point. I'll always take the group and the conditions into consideration. There is beautiful scenery all along Ullswater. Free parking for most trips ( no parking available at the centre for 1.30pm & 5.00pm trips during Aug & Sept ). Be aware that if you have a BMI of 26 or over, weigh over 102 Kg ( 16 Stones ), or have very little upper body strength, this Experience is not for you.
Alpaca Walking in a Mountain Forest
Alpacaly Ever After are delighted to be working with Forestry Commission England to bring our world famous alpaca walks to Whinlatter Forest! Trail through England’s only true mountain forest, get to know our delightful alpacas up close along the way, take part in feeding time and ask as many questions as you can think of! Once you've booked and found your way to Whinlatter Forest, we will meet you at the visitor centre. After an introduction and covid safety briefing we will walk you to our alpaca boys eagerly waiting for a walk and some snacks. We will show you how to walk an alpaca and introduce you to your walk buddy. Once we're all ready we'll head off on our walk through the forest, along the way our guide will tell you about your alpaca, answer any questions you have and give you a complete lesson in alpacas and llamas. We have several stops for snacking and selfies and an amazing viewpoint with views over the Lake District. On our journey we will be on multi-user trails and single tracks enjoying England's only Mountain Forest. At the end of our walk we will give you time to get selfies, feed the alpacas and ask any more burning questions. As a Non-Profit Social Enterprise all the income from our activities goes back into supporting the work we do re-homing and rescuing alpacas and llamas, and providing free and subsidised activities for 3rd sector organisation.
Caves, Cavern & History Walk
Follow me on an unforgettable journey, through the Lake District's famously beautiful landscapes of mountains, forests, and valleys, where together we will uncover spectacular caves and a HUGE cavern. Feel the chill as you enter the 400ft tunnel... immerse yourself in darkness... lose yourself in mystery... Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of wonder you will experience inside the caves & cavern - just don't forget your camera or your friends will never believe you. Step back in time as I teach you about how this incredible landscape was formed through violent volcanic & glacial events millions of years ago. Unearth the long-forgotten past & understand how ancient beliefs in gods and spirits brought bloodshed to these lands. Learn of the hardships faced by men, women & children working in the mills and the mines during the Victorian era and understand how Wordsworth's poetry helped to transform society. This is a stunning circular hike that will leave you breathless at the beauty of nature & marveling at the Lake District's history. This is a DOG-FRIENDLY walk so please feel free to bring your furry companions along! On-street parking is available free of charge. Please do not park in the pub car park. Need transport? I can collect you from your guesthouse in Windermere / Ambleside or South Lakes area for £10.
Sailing Experience on Lake Windermere
Amazing opportunity to sail on Lake Windermere in the Lake District with an officially recognised tour guide. If you are looking for a unique experience you have found it. Take control of the rudder and set sail in the direction you want with a qualified instructor onboard or sit back and enjoy the view while the captain takes you on an adventure. A fully equipped 23 foot yacht, which accommodates four passengers comfortably with cool box and toilet facilities, moored at Bowness on a private Jetty which has free private parking. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The experience is very flexible and can be tailored to your adrenaline levels, from a smooth and calm sail to hitting the maximum speed possible. Alternatively we can turn on the motor and sail around the lake to see points of interest. The boat can be booked as a private tour or with a mixed group of people. This is a trip that I have run many time and is always seen as the highlight of the holiday. Whether it is your first time on a sailboat or you are an experienced sailor you are sure to have a great time. Other things to note Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Once I know you are interested in booking an experience we can review the weather forecast to select the best time for your experience
Alpaca Meet & Greet experience
We are hosting private farm meet & greets for people to meet our alpaca herd which includes the opportunity for people to hand feed our girls and their babies ,hand feed and learn how to halter our boys then we will give a short safety talk and take them for a short walk around our field whilst taking in the amazing Surrounding scenery and learning how we care for them and to end your visit on a high you can meet our naughty goats and put them through their paces in their very own agility course Other things to note Please be aware that our experiences are all outside and may have to be postponed in bad weather Strictly no dogs
Hadrian's Wall Two Hour Tour
Ancient Britain’s award winning Hadrian's Wall tour, ‘Roam with the Romans’ transports you back 2000 years to a time when Hadrian's Wall was a frontier, a place where two cultures collided. Your local guide, dressed in authentic costume of the era, weaves a narrative from both sides of the wall (the tales of the natives, and the stories told by the occupying forces) as Roman history comes to life when you discover just what Britain was like under the Caesars. Cawfields makes a magnificent backdrop as you explore the hidden archaeological gems of the wall by foot, see our favourite sections of this breath-taking world heritage site. Other things to note The AD 122 bus runs regularly from Hexham and Haltwhistle. Taxis are easy to book. Hexham and Haltwhistle have a regular train service from Newcastle and Carlisle.
Meditate with horses
A brief but inspiring discussion on meditation and why we do it with horses will motivate you to be dedicated and vigilant in your practice. Then we go and meet the horses and I will teach you the basics in animal meditation. Then we groom the horses; this is the best way to get the horses to accept you as herd members as they bond by grooming each other. As we start to meditate, the more stable, connected and balanced the client, the easier it is for the horse to step into his role of soothing, regulating, teaching and inspiring with his gentle and peaceful energy. Often the horses will lie down and we can get down on the grass with them and be close and connected. We work on touching the horses in specific areas and watching for significant reactions to detect connection. There is often an opportunity to test your connection by asking the horses to follow you without a lead and then you can take a little walk together. We often finish with a beautiful guided meditation which will be chosen depending on the specific needs of the client. We always end the session with gratitude and a big horsey cuddle. Other things to note In the summer there may be flies. Bring sun hats and sun cream. Wrap up warm and water proof on winter and please wear wellies or firm boots. No experience of horses or meditation needed but please arrive with an open heart and an open mind.
Ashgill Woodland Spa, Campfire Cooking & Log Cabin Building
Guests will have exclusive access to a 50 acre woodland for 3.5 hours, during which time they can follow a woodland trail and learn about sustainable woodland management, whilst looking out for wildlife and enjoying watching and cuddling our rescue hens. Guests can also dig out some natural clay from the ground and have a go at making pottery by hand or using our Potter's wheel. At the end of the trail, guests will enjoy their pre-booked activity of either: 1. building a small log cabin from scratch, learning about selecting a tree to fell, debarking, creating joints, building the cabin, then roofing and insulating it. 2. have a go at forging, under supervision and create a simple campfire utensils set 3. exclusive use of our rustic woodland spa with hot tub, sauna and outdoor rainforest shower (2pm only) 4. exclusive use of our wildlife hide and campfire to cook and enjoy a relaxing meal and drinks (food and drink not provided by host), whilst looking out at the abundant wildlife e.g red squirrels, deer and many species of birds (evenings too on request) Experiences 1 and 2 are led by the host and carried out under full instruction, guidance and supervision as required. Experiences 3 and 4 are largely self led and would appeal to those who need space away from others to recharge and re-energise. Hosts will be available on site to set up activities and support when required
Eight Lakes Spectacular Afternoon Tour
Come and spend the afternoon with me and we will explore 8 of the most spectacular lakes in England. I've spent many years getting to know this beautiful place, inside and out, and I can't wait to share it all with you. Travelling around in a small minivan with lots of stops, you'll soon get a sense of the place. I'll take you to secret spots you would never find by yourself and tell you about the legends of the Lakes and the stories of the people who have lived, loved and worked here. Climbing over mountain passes, diving down into valleys and uncovering over 500 million years of history, you'll see why this is one of the most visited places in England.
Northumberland Paddleboard Adventure
The perfect way to get started with paddle boarding if you’re a curious beginner! Get out on the water and give SUP a go, on one of our 2 hour taster sessions. It’s fun, and a lot easier than you think! The session will be led by one of our qualified instructors. This is your chance to pick their brain and ask as many questions as you want! The session will be on the river, providing a fantastic location with calm waters. In addition to having fun on the board you will have the opportunity to spot local wildlife and take in the stunning scenery of Northumberland. What's included in the SUP taster session: All paddle-boarding and safety equipment. Launching and landing your paddle board Basic paddle strokes and skills Safety When you arrive at our venue you will be met by a member of our team and they will fit you with your equipment and you will be given a short safety briefing and explanation in the use of the equipment before getting onto the water. You will be taught how to stand comfortably, control and stay safe on your board. A great way to spend a morning / afternoon in the outdoors, you will leave the session with a sense of achievement and a real boost to your physical and mental wellbeing!
Explore a Waterfall and Mountain Lined Valley in Coniston
Join me in exploring one of Coniston's most striking locations - a vast valley lined with waterfalls and mountains, including Coniston Old Man. This place is rich in geological history. I will collect you and your party from Coniston jetty located next to the Bluebird Cafe, we will head up to the valley and begin our modest ascent, taking in the waterfalls and spectacular views. You will make your way to the bridge at the top before making your way back down. I will then drive you to Brantwood, located on the East side of Coniston lake where you can enjoy one of the best cups of tea or coffee and cakes in the Lakes! Not to mention the best panoramic views of Coniston lake, surrounding mountains and where you have just been! Brantwood is the home of Sir John Ruskin, and whilst here you will be able to explore the vast beautiful gardens too. BONUS: If you would like professional photos taking and editing for your social media, I can do this as an added extra NOTES: Unless otherwise discussed, you can take the Steam Yacht Gondola back to Coniston jetty where you were picked up from, this is not included in the cost of your trip with me. But a perfect end. DIFFICULTY: Wear good walking shoes. This walk is suitable for children and anyone who has an average fitness level, there is a gradual incline but levels off for the most part. It will be approx 3 miles.
A Lake District Photography Workshop
AIMED AT BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATES, LEARN ALL ABOUT HOW TO BE CONFIDENT WITH YOUR CAMERAS OPERATION, HOW TO CAPTURE MOOD AND FEEL, AND HOW TO ADD CREATIVE FLARE… Jay Gilmour Media workshops are not just like any other workshop. Take in the sights, smells and tastes of Cumbria, learn photography from an award winning Cumbrian landscape photographer, breath the fresh Lake District air and sample some of the best home made cakes there is! Learn all about powerful compositions, why it works and sometimes doesn’t. How colour, shape and texture can be used to maximum effect. Learn how shutter speeds and depth of field effect the shot. Recognise how to put it all together and recognise the most important aspect of lighting. WHAT WE WILL BE DOING: Based around Derwentwater the 3 mile long lake is one of my favourite places to go. Filled with beautiful scenery like you would expect from the Lakes but also a variety of photographic hotspots making it the ideal place to learn. Travelling along the water line to little known intimate locations to famous places like Ashness, creating images of big spectacular views to beautiful details in waterfalls, jetty's and a few of my favourite places in the Lakes. Other things to note There will be walking so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing, in Cumbria the weather can change instantly so please be prepared. I will endeavour to fulfil any requests if given in reasonable time, location requests, time changes. I can be fairly flexible if needed.
Guided Yorkshire Dales walk with snack and lunch provided
Come a share a guided walk of the Crackpots Mosaic Trail with me, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This seven mile exploration of Nidderdale will expose you to a host of footpaths and terrains, from moorland to farmland, through fords and woodland. You will enjoy homemade refreshments on route, and a picnic at the end of the walk, provided by your guide, who is also a Private Chef. All dietary requirements can be catered for. If you would like to enjoy all that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer in walking and food, then this is the Experience for you.
Canoe Expedition with open fire cooking
After a short introduction, we get on the water for a journey north, up Lake Windermere in Canadian Canoes - these can be stabilised if it would benefit the group or the weather is challenging. On the way you experience the profound shape of the Lake District Mountains rising up as we travel from the flatter coastlands towards the high hills. We make landfall at a piece of isolated land sticking out into the lake where we set up our day camp, learn to light fires from flint and cook our own three course lunch on the beach surrounded by trees and water. Depending on conditions and needs we have a fantastic motor boat that can accompany us, this gives a great platform for equipment transport, can bring wheel chairs (wheel chairs just roll onto the front ramp), whizz someone back to a specialist toilet and the ability to take the group home if we're late leaving. We don't always bring it - we make a judgement depending on the needs of the group and conditions. The actual event order is somewhat weather dependent and we will discuss alternative options for challenging weather nearer the time. Other things to note: We can accommodate a vast range of additional needs. We do however need some notice so we can bring the right equipment and plan accordingly please inform us of any additional needs before booking so we can discuss how best to make your experience great.
Forager's craft and campfire feast
We have been providing magical woodland experiences for 12 years. We love the way people are at their absolute best when in awe at the abundance of nature and mystified by their beautiful surroundings. They soften their edges and open like children when immersed in this exploration and play. It never ceases to amaze us. Our Woodland Craft and Foraging Adventure will take you on a journey of education, connection and access; to the better observer of how you walk through the world. We will take you walking amongst the hidden gems of Rydal, one of the most beautiful parts of The Central Lake District. The walk will be 2 miles of nature identification and admiration through the eyes of a scholar. You will see waterfalls and plunge pools, lakes, mountains, streams and beautiful trees, plants and wildlife. We will then set up a bushcraft camp with a view. You will learn how to light a fire to cook on, some survival skills and making your own kit and craft. I will teach you how to cook a delicious lunch from the things that nature provides that will fill your belly and feed your soul. Connection begets connection and feeling your full participation with Mother Earth will open you up to bonding with the group and experience as a whole. Friends and memories will be made that you will treasure, always.
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