About Lake District Guiding
Lake District Guiding was established to provide inspiring, quality outdoor experiences and adventure breaks in the great outdoors. The emphasis is on the enjoyment of the superb natural environment whilst respecting wildlife habitats and contributing to their conservation and preservation.
Lake District Guiding is owned and run by Jason Taylor, a qualified Mountain Leader, Trail Cycle Leader and Navigation course provider. Jason has a degree in Geology and has experience of walking in the Lake District for over 20 years. He also has over 10 years’ experience as an adventure travel guide leading individuals, groups and families in the UK and throughout the world. In winter he works as a Fell Top Assessor, checking the winter snow and ice conditions on Helvellyn and providing reports for Weatherline on behalf of the Lake District National Park.
At the core of all Lake District Guiding activities is an enthusiasm and fascination with nature and the great outdoors. We aim to share this with you and give you the best possible experience by offering the perfect combination of fun, hospitality and adventure in an informative way. And all surrounded by the outstanding scenery of the Lake District.
A fresh view...
We want to shift the outdoor experience away from bagging summits purely for tick-lists, bragging rights and panoramic photos and encourage clients to enjoy and respect the entire mountain environment. You'll discover there's much more to a day in the mountains than the summits and the footpaths to get there. We intend to help even the most experienced visitor see the area in a new light and make the familiar appear fresh.
Lake District Guiding encourages enjoyment of the outdoors with minimal impact, which is easily attained through a few careful considerations. Walking group sizes will never exceed 12, and for mountain biking, wild camping and navigation courses the maximum group size is 6. Over-used areas are avoided where possible and measures are always taken to reduce any detrimental impact on the mountain environment. Read more on the responsible adventure page here.
It's not about the gear
You don't have to own expensive, flashy new equipment to enjoy the outdoors. Nor should you have to conform to the 'rugged outdoorsman' stereotype. Outdoor activities should be accessible regardless of your income or knowledge of the latest technical jargon and the gear that goes with it.
No pain, no gain?
Nonsense! Spending time outdoors shouldn't be solely as part of some character building challenge or military style experience, leaving little time to appreciate the superb natural environment. Being outside is great, it's good for you, it's where we belong and it ought to be fun.