I've really enjoyed guiding lots of lovely visitors to the Lake District this year, and here I share with you some of the comments I've received after a day or two with me guiding them around the beautiful Lake District.

"Thanks for a wonderful two days! You know your Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth backwards and forwards. You bring a natural enthusiasm to your work-I loved your laugh." GY, (two day private small group tour)

"Just to say thanks so much for todays tour - it was so interesting and everyone agreed your presentation style was excellent! I will certainly recommend you to other people" DK, (small group, Ambleside half day history walking tour)

"an excellent day, spent with your guidance" VG, (one day small group Beatrix Potter tour)

"Excellent, we all really enjoyed it" (tour leader, private half day highlights of the Lake District - tour by minibus)

"I really appreciate you going that extra mile for us and our clients!" CB, (travel advisor)

"Our group's day with Alison was well planned and greatly enjoyed by everyone.  It was a wonderful introduction to the Lake District." JZ, (group organiser for private coach group from the US)

Another highlight was guiding a respected walking-guide author and podcaster, Mark Richards, around Ambleside for a "Countrystride" podcast all about the culture, heritage and history of Cumbria. In Countrystride's Episode 103 I tell the stories of Ambleside's history from the Romans and Vikings with tales of its 600 year milling history, its woollen trade and what happened when the steam trains of the day brought tourists to the area in the Victorian era. I received some very positive feedback including:

"Fantastic episode. I quite like Ambleside - of course it gets very busy but it's a lovely town - even lovelier after learning more about the history" (A.G.) and "Another excellent episode. Lots of interesting facts" (L.W) and "Fabulous episode" (J.K.)

You can access the podcast through the normal channels, or go to Countrystride's facebook page or their website

Thank you to everyone who travelled with me this year, whether we were on a lake cruise, a walk, visiting a church, historic home or garden, indulging in afternoon tea or even hugging Herdwick sheep!