Welcome to Experience Lakeland

I was born on a working hill farm near Coniston Lancashire but in 1974 the new county of Cumbria was formed out of parts of Lancashire, north of the Sands (Morecambe Bay) Westmorland and Cumberland so I am a true Cumbrian girl. My children were also born on a farm initially in Staffordshire and latterly brought up in Cumbria with Labradors, Herdwick sheep, and Galloway cattle. I love the outdoors, anything to do with Cumbria and nature, travel, friends and reading in the very little spare time I have. Now, my children, farm, run a Clay Pigeon Shooting and Fishing Ground and a 65-bed hostel in Kendal leaving me time to take guests on tour.  It would be my pleasure and honour to take you on one of my “Experience Lakeland” Days or a tour could be organised for your own or your groups’ personal interests.

I have over 30 years’ experience in travel, leisure, and tourism from running a farm caravan and camping site, being Company Secretary at Trentham Gardens, establishing a Clay Pigeon Shoot and Fishery, Tour Managing UK and Europe, owning and running a 65-bed hostel and becoming a Blue Badge Guide. I now own and run a specialist tour operator in  Cumbria which is well on the way to being Europe’s number one rural tourism destination and through Experience Lakeland I aiming to be the number One Tourism Guide in the area.
Cumbria is home to the English Lake District and is predominantly a rural county, considered the most beautiful county in the UK and now home to Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Jan Nicholson BSc Hons (Agriculture) MA (Travel & Tourism) MITG

Blue Badge Guide/Westminster City Guide

Tour Guide/Tour Manager