The Arora family – India – (Family adventure day – canoeing – bushcraft and mountain biking)

“A fantastic day spent in the outdoors with lovely company and loads of guidance from Chris and Lynn”

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“Canoeing, making the pancakes, learning to gather kindling and light a fire made the day most enjoyable – while extreme care was taken by both Chris and Lynn that the 10 year old Manus was able to manage the cycling as well” “

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The service, activities and yummy Lemon Drizzle cake – all 5*”

Paul – UK – (Mornings canoeing for stag party of 14)

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“Very good activities and value for money.  All the lads loved it”

Teja – India – (Photography tour of North Lakes)

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“Amazing private photography tour of The Lakes.  Chris was extremely professional and gave me plenty of time.  Bespoke experience is highly recomended, especially if you are on a short visit and want make the most of your time”

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Frances and Scott – London – (beginers rock climbing day)

“We had such a fantastic day, we got exactly what we wanted from our activity day !  Chris was a great instructor, so positive and enthusiastic, it was brilliant to have one to one tutition”

Ben and Felicity – Sydney Australia – (half days guided trail run)

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“Thanks for amazing day yesterday.  We both really enjoyed it – it was just what we were looking for”

Tim and his family - London – ( 1 x days photography tour around Windermere )

 ”Yes, indeed we enjoyed and luckily the weather was on our side.”

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“We will go with you again in future.”

Anne – Australia – (1 x days guided mountain biking )

“Hi Chris and Lynn,

Thank you again for the lovely day cycling. I had a blast. Chris, you’re an excellent guide and I loved the local history and info!”

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“You’re a great team and I look forward to bringing my husband over next time and going for a cycle with you!

Best regards,


Ben – Australia – ( 1/2 day guided fell running )

“Thanks for today – I really enjoyed it.  It was just what I was after”

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Oli – UK - ( 3 x days guided mountain biking )


“I just wanted to say thaabove coniston waternk you for a lovely holiday and keep on what you are doing as I feel you have the basis of a brilliant personalised service and I would not hesitate in using you again or telling my friends and colleagues about your service.”

 How did you find /hear about us ?? 

 ”To be honest I had a rough idea what I wanted to do in the lake district before I started. I just googled mountain biking in the lake district and I think your website came up fairly quickly. What I like about the website was, it seemed to be personal i.e. not corporate (if that makes sense)”


How was our service  ?? 

“There is only one word amazing. 

 The website was easy to navigate and the email address was well positioned for further information (10)

 Booking – well Chris did everything from advising me where to stay and finding a fantastic bed-and-breakfast (10)

 Leading up to the holiday Chris was in contact with me, just to keep me informed and it felt like a personalise service (10)

 The leader and holiday organiser was superb, I am the type of person that likes to be pushed.  As I think if I did that on my own I would have given up on day 2, or not seen so much and travelled such a distance in the 3 days I was there (10)”

 Any feed back for us ??

“I think that level of personalised service is brilliant, Chris did not push me but urged me to go on and without him I 

do not think I would have had -

a. So much fun

b. Seen so much of the lakes in the time period

c. Have a sense of achievement in what I have done”

How can we improve our service ??

“I don’t think you can, to be honest. Chris was a really good leader, organiser and we had a laugh, probably talked garbage but I felt that made it feel like we were two friends out for a ride.”

 Would you come outdoors/on holiday with us again ?? 

“Yes, yes, yes I think I would have to do some exercise before I come again, but certainly it has been one of my most memorable holidays to date”

Gerard – UK - ( 2 x days guided Mountain biking – inc new “Gerards Route” )

“bloody brilliant”

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“Thanks for two brilliant days in the Lakes.  Great riding and great company.  Looking forward to next time”

The Rhodes Family and friends – UK - ( half days canoeing – but mainly swimming !! )

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“Really enjoyable and relaxed session – wandering around the lake, swimming with wetsuites and kit.  Many thanks Chris and Lynn :-)  we loved it !!”

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The Southgate Family – UK - ( 2 x half days rock climbing )

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“Very well organised.  Chris replied to any of my e mails very quickly – we had to re schedule our second days climbing session due to child illness and we were able to do this”

Sean, Ella and Josh – UK - (mornings rock climbing and afternoons gorge walking )

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“really helpful and we always felt safe.  Had a great time without any pressure”

Chris – UK – (recce of The Sedbergh Hills fell race and navigation instruction)

“Thank you for a cracking day, was great to be able to map read, will be going for a walk tommorrow with my dad to teach him a few things “

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 Neil – UK – (family rock climbing and abseiling day)

“We had an absolutely brilliant day despite none stop rain and incredibly slippy rock faces.

Dave (Bear) is a lovely bloke, calm, caring and helpful.

We all pushed ourselves to the limit and achieved as much as we could.

The day ended soaked through, sore hands, exhausted but very satisfied.

 Sorry your feedback form was completely sodden.

 I very much appreciated your telephone call and personal communication.

We hope we can do something again with you in the future

Thanks for everything”

Joana – Professional Photograher UK – ( 2 x days photography tour of Lake District )

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“I found some lovely photo locations off the beaten tracks”

Rod and Paul – UK – (climbed Pillar Rock to complete their Birketts)

“Just a short e-mail on behalf of both myself and my walking buddy, Paul , to say that we had a fantastic day last Friday and summiting Pillar Rock really topped (excuse the pun) everything off.  My Birketts project is now complete, started on 30th March 2006 with Great How at the northern end of Thirlmere and complete bar Pillar Rock in summer 2012.  During the interim I started to give up hope if climbing Pillar Rock, I knew I’d need assistance but never quite got around to making arrangements.  Then on 2nd December last year I got that email from you out of the blue with the strapline “Door 2 Door Adventures Turning Dreams Into Memories” and the rest as they say is history.  You certainly delivered on that strapline by the way.  As another walking buddy of mine has said, there won’t be that many people who have completed the Birketts fully and even less who completed the project as I did by following Bill Birkett’s routes to the letter.”

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“Please thank Aled again from both of us for a superb day, excellent guiding and instruction on Pillar Rock and excellent conversation throughout the day.  Thank you also for organising everything, the day couldn’t have been better apart from less haze but we can’t blame you for that!”

I should add that Paul has uploaded his report and photos of the day onto his website: www.sharkeysdream.co.uk 

Hannah and Co – UK – (Sca Fell Pike ascent)

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“Great pre activity communication and well organised days guided walk up Sca Fell Pike, off the tourist trap paths”

Ed and Frannie – USA - ( hiking in Yorkshire Dales and Mountain Biking in North Lakes )

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“Frannie and I are still smiling from our adventure in England with you! we look back on our Door 2 Door adventure with fondness. It was fantastic! thanks Chris for the memories”

Arwen and family – UK - ( talented young indoor climbers first outdoor climbing session )

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“Thanks for changing time of activity for weather”

Lauren – UK – organizer of large company chairty event – UK - ( running, canoeing and biking in Lakes ) – 30 participants and over £50 000 raised :-)

“The big Coniston weekend was fab – thanks for for your help” 

The Bewsher family – UK - ( absieling and canoeing day in Lakes )

“Had the most amazing day”

Russell – Portugal – ( half day trail run )

“Thanks Chris – we booked ( holiday cottage ) again for next year – so hopefully we can take on another trail”



Liam and Bonnie dog – UK - ( half day trail run )

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“Great trail run and superb scenery”

Des and Jenny – Australia ( 2 x days photography tour )

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 “Chris, you made our guided photographic holiday in the Lake District an amazing experience!

You listened to what we wanted to achieve and you crafted an itinerary that delivered in spades.”

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“There is no way we could have navigated by ourselves around this sensational place in such a time efficient manner to get to all the locations within the two days we had available.”

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“Thanks to your efforts, we have come away with some stunning photos and some wonderful memories.”

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Colette and Justine – UK ( 3 x day self guided walk on new “Colettes Route” )

“Just wanted to let you know Justine and I LOVED the whole week.  We had such fun and the walks were exactly as hoped (actually even better) ! Perfect.”

Hannah - UK ( guided walk over Swirl How, Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag )

“Absolutely fantastic day. Amazing day, even better to have a personalized route for my level.”

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“Got to see places I would never have ventured to on my own”

Richard, Harrison, Tom and Luke - UK ( 3 x days of adventure activities – kayaking, abseiling and rock climbing )

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“Hi Chris,

Well where do I start….? I suppose at the begining.

I contacted you and asked you to provide me and my three boys with three different activities over five days while I was in the Lake district.

You were very attentive and made sure you provided exactly what I required. I could tell right from the start I’d made the right choice contacting you as your professionalism shone through.

You advised me of which campsites were good, when the days best suited which activities ( we had some shocking weather ! ) and you came to meet us for each one.

Our First day’s activity was Kayaking on Coniston Lake.

The wind was terrible and worrying, but you put my mind and the boys at rest as you went through all aspects of safety with us and Instructed us on how to deal with the conditions.

The Boys were excited to be Kayaking out to “Wild Cat Island” and enjoyed a little exploration on it, which gave us a break from the relentless wind.

After this, the games we played and the fun we had, made it an unforgettable first Kayaking experience to which I am forever grateful.

All three of my boys couldn’t stop raving about the day and Thomas said it was the best thing we had ever done together, and Harrison said you were one of the nicest people he had ever met.(I had to agree)

Day 2:

Abseiling, again the aspect of safety was paramount and all of us felt completely at ease,

The descents we wanted to use were busy , but you had a plan B and seamlessly moved us on to the next location.

Again we had a great day out and all three boys confidence in you grew by the minute.

The cave you took us to see as a matter of interest was also an added bonus for the day.

Day 3:

Rock Climbing, finally the weather broke and allowed us to try our climbing, although the boys had done this indoors before, they had never braved the elements. The climbs you chose were exactly right for the boys, being not too difficult, but hard enough to give them a sense of achievement once completed. I wish we had had more time to take a look at the Roman Fort you had planned for us but sadly it was time for us to go.

My boys will never forget this fantastic week of activities and I will surely use your services again in the future to help create some more Memorable Moments.

Thank you for your Dedication, for your Enthusiasm and once again your Professionalism.

You are a true Gentlemen and I look forward to seeing you soon.

All our best,”

Harrison, Thomas, Luke and Richard

David and Darrell – Canada ( 1 x days mountain biking round South Lakes including Caves and Quarries )

“Thanks for today’s ride.  Darrell and I had a fantastic day and really appreciated your showing us your hidden gems”

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                               “If you ever head to Vancover be sure to look us up”

Carla and family - UK ( Swallows and Amazons canoe day on Coniston Water )

“Thanks for a great day – don’t think the kids will forget it anytime soon”

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“We could not have asked for a more perfect adventure !!

Not only was the whole thing superbly run but it was personal, which was very important for us as we had some specific requests.

Our requests were met not only with no fuss, but our instructor ( Chris ) seemed to go above and beyond to make our day as perfect as possible.

It was obvious that he was not only very experienced, but also very passionate, and it really made a difference.

I cannot emphasise how important it was to receive such a personal service ( such as delicious home cooked food or wearing ‘pirate’ gear ) to our family.”

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“Thank you so much.”

Ian and Tim – UK ( winners of Cumbria Tourisms Mountain Bike Break competition )

“excellent day”


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“really fun day out – would 100% recommend it”

The Wright family – USA - ( 3 x day Walk Round Windermere )

“Wonderful trip. Walking directions were so clear that even we (hardly) got lost.  Very friendly people along the way.  Remarkable variety of walking “

“Really outstanding trip.  It was just as I had hoped – even a little English rain.  Thanks very much”

Jahangir AliUK - ( 2 x days Tour de Lakes)

“Thank you. It was a lovely holiday and I feel rested and refreshed”

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Sandra White – UK – ( arranged a mornings treasure hunt for 10 x ladies )

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“Excellent ! – Laid back, well organised, friendly staff / guides.  A brilliant day”


Hennie – Holland – ( arranged a half days off road biking skills session, followed by a full days 25+ mile – very wet - ride for him and 3 x sons )

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“Continue like this”

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Emily Jane - UK - ( organised an abseil and walk for 25 x ladies )

“Just wanted to say thank you for a top notch morning on Saturday.

“The girls had a fab time despite the weather, they loved it.  Will be doing this again – my hubby was very jealous and said he’d like to do something like that.”

“Thank you for looking after us, really was a great weekend “

History of Door 2 Door Adventures

 This is an exciting new venture for us (although it is 30 years in the making)- based on feedback from people we took out running and biking last year – they gave us the confidence to “Go For It” and turn Door 2 Door Adventures into what you see today -

Here’s what a some of them and our first few self guided walking holiday guests had to say -

The Robson family - ( 2 x day self guided walking break – Jacobs Route )

“Had an amazing time ( route was well organized with clear instructions ) nothing was wrong with the service.”

Adi – UK – ( 3 x days self guided walking break around Windermere )

“Just the most perfect, understated, friendly service possible!  Had total trust in Chris and Lynn from the first e mail contact.

I felt as though I was really valued as a customer ( and a real person ) throughout the week. Met personally before the start of the walk – great touch!  The routes and the “Door 2 Door” bag transport means I can concentrate on walking, relaxing, ambling or racing as the mood takes me.  Much freedom:-) Thank you.

Cannot fault you – will be using this service again ASAP and suggesting the same to anyone who will listen :-)”

Alan - UK – ( organised a days mountain biking for him and his freinds )

“We had a cracking weekend and a fantastic ride on Saturday, the feedback on the whole experience couldn’t have been better really.

Organisation and communication from the first line of contact was spot on and I’ll be definitely recommending your company to others”

Sylvia – UK -( 1 x day fell running ) “Had such a great time – thanks again and looking forward to doing it all again soon”

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Sally – UK ( mornings trail running ) “Really enjoyed our run today – exactly what I had in mind – definitely got the bug for this off road lark and will spread the word around fellow runners”

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Helen – UK ( mornings trail running ) “Thanks Chris – my boyfriend won’t believe I did this”

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Andrew – Australia ( mornings trail running ) “Thanks for showing me such a great run, would never have found it without you”

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Sean – UK ( two days fell running before Ultra Tour D Mont Blonc ) “Great two days of running – can we go climbing next time ??”


Mathew – UK ( mornings trail run / afternoon hill walk ) “Amazing day – thank you so much”