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Explore the Lake District

Our Experts

Meet our Lake District Experts

Ken Pridmore

Holiday Cottage Consultant

Ken spent the first twenty years of his working life in the agricultural industry in North Lakeland, which bred his love of the landscape and helped develop his passion and knowledge of the local area. Subsequently he has spent twenty years working as office manager and in property recruitment for Cumbrian Cottages. He considers Keswick to be the ‘Jewel in the crown’ of the Lakes due to its glorious setting on the shores of Derwentwater at the entrance to the Borrowdale Valley and its surrounding fells which are accessible from the doorstep.

Graham Wynne


Graham was born and raised in Cumbria. From a young age he has always maintained a love for hills, mountains and the more dramatic rural landscapes which led him to photography and an attempt to capture and share the abundant natural beauty of the region. He has enjoyed countless explorations of the Lake District - first hillwalking, then scrambling, climbing and mountain biking. A passion for documenting the countryside developed into a love of all things photographic, and Graham now makes his living with his cameras, specialising in events and commissioned landscapes.

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Lucie Wilson

Cumbrian Cottages, Keswick Office

Born and bred in the Lakes, Lucie was raised in a small village on the outskirts of Keswick before moving in to the centre of town over 10 years ago and starting work for Cumbrian Cottages in their Keswick office. When not offering assistance to customers, she likes nothing more than being outdoors in the open air with her family, visiting Derwentwater, enjoying picnics in the park and going swimming.

Paul Kleian

The Wordsworth Trust

Paul moved to The Lake District full time in 2007 after selling his London-based communications agency. He is currently Head of Marketing & Communications at Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum. His passions are hills and mountains, rugby and rowing. . . and of course, literature.

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Sophie Thornton

Cumbrian Cottages Regional Manager

Sophie grew up on a smallholding in Barnard Castle, County Durham where she helped her parents run a B&B and self-catering cottage on Pennine Way. She then went on to the University of Leeds to study Zoology. A passion for wildlife and the outdoors prompted a move to Cumbria to work in agricultural sales. Since then Sophie has taken her interests in the countryside and her knowledge of self-catering accommodation into her role as Regional Manager for Carlisle where she currently lives with her boyfriend and a house full of animals.

Tina Fleming

Cumbrian Cottages, Windermere Office

Tina grew up in the Lakes and is very proud and passionate about the ever changing scenery and the abundance of beautiful open space in the region. Working in the busy Windermere office, Tina liases with VisitEngland to help organise inspections of the many properties Cumbrian Cottages offer in the Lake District. Outside of work she enjoys walking her dog in the open air with her husband followed by a pub lunch, taking a rowboat out on Windermere and reading a good book by a roaring fire in the winter time.

Matt Hartnett

Cumbria Tourism

Born and bred in the Lake District, Matt has recently joined the Cumbria Tourism team but has previously worked in the Cumbrian Tourism Industry for the past 10 years. As a ‘local’, Matt spends a lot of time around Cumbria exploring the hidden gems, and when not doing that he can be found on the hockey pitch.

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John Manning

Editor, Lakeland Walker and Cumbria magazines

John’s been tramping Lakeland trails since childhood, when his mother let him join the school outings she led. In his teens he grew to love the high and wild Cumbrian fells during youth group trips to idyllic Askham, near the northern tip of Ullswater. When journalism beckoned, he specialised in outdoor matters and has contributed to most major UK outdoor titles, covering walking destinations the world-over. None, however, could match the lure of the Lake District and as editor of Lakeland Walker and Cumbria magazines, John has found his ideal job.

Exploring the Lakes - 2 Day Journal

Day 1:

We set off from Kirkby Lonsdale in South Lakeland early in the morning. The small market town is just a short distance to the glorious green landscapes of the Lakes, and it’s not long before we encounter one of the region’s most notable features…

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Day 2:

Our good fortune continues into Day 2 of our Lakes exploration: with searing summer heat and blue skies greeting us as we stop off at Sizergh Barn for breakfast on the way to Windermere. Though it’s early morning, there are already quite a few people milling around the carpark.

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