Welcome to Ticket to Travel, Girlguiding Cumbria South’s latest challenge. Here in the south of Cumbria there are many interesting places to visit and explore, some well known others less so. Join us on this virtual trip around our county to find out more about this beautiful place we call home.

Here on the Ticket to Travel website you will find details, including websites, videos and activities, for all the places and organisations that form part of this challenge. To take part, virtually visit as many of them as you like and post photos of you doing the activities on our  Facebook page. You can also record where you have been in the challenge booklet

Download the Booklet Here: Ticket to Travel 2020 ticket booklet

When you have completed your challenge why not order our special Ticket to Travel badge.

Some of the activities are linked to the guiding programme and Adventures at Home

Click HERE for more Adventures at Home

Look out for this logo  .

If you complete any of these share the evidence e.g. photos with your unit Leaders so they can add them to your guiding record.

Finally, as long as you are following current government and local Covid 19 guidance you may even be able to visit some of these places in person.

Have fun and don’t forget to post your photos in the comments on our Facebook page.
You can also email us your pics at website@girlguidingcumbriasouth.org.ukBuilt in 1740, the mill ground local grain into flour and feed for 218 years. Now restored to working order and open to the public. Heron Corn Mill on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham, South Cumbria, is one of the few working mills in the area and has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years.

For more information visit their website Click HERE

Today it is also used by many community groups and for events such as Bread of Heron, Kate’s Super Bake Days, Flax Art, Lego machine making, 3D design workshops, Minecraft club along with many more.
The ‘Mill Hoppers’ is a club for children to learn about arts, science, crafts and digital technology in a fun and lively environment. It based at the mill in the barn and run on a monthly basis for children in the local community.

See their YouTube Video HERE

Make Chocolate Brownies
A recipe to create using flour!
Download the recipe here: Heron Mill Chocolate Brownies with cocoa recipes

Play the Hydro Game
Can you take on the challenge of looking after the hydro turbine at Heron Corn Mill, and successfully generate enough electricity?
Click HERE to play the game.

The famous Millerbeck Light Railway is situated in the private grounds of Millerbeck House, in the Lakeland village of Staveley-in-Cartmel, near Newby Bridge at the south end of Windermere and the National Trust property of Fell Foot.

You can Visit their Website HERE

Poppy – Poppy is a superb replica of an Andrew Barclay austerity 0-6-0 loco which were commissioned by the old Ministry of Munitions in 1916.
These 2 foot gauge engines served in France during the First World War and were painted in Matt black with no frills so that nothing was shiny in the fields of war, for sniper rifle-men to aim at.

Built with just the basics with no protective cabs the driver and firemen often fastened corrugated iron around the cab to keep out the weather.
Normal steam engines, as you usually see our miniatures at Millerbeck, are polished to perfection at the start of the day with the brasses shining. Their name plates are traditionally made of brass and their lettering outlined in red, whereas you will see the lettering on Poppy is outlined in black.
Poppy is an 0-6-0 engine which refers to the wheel arrangement on all engines. Six main driving wheels (three each side) with no wheels on a pony truck at the front of the engine following the line of the track and no bogie behind the driving wheels.
This powerful engine (although a miniature) at Millerbeck is usually seen on an Open Day pulling substantial loads around our complicated and challenging track.
She always sports a red Poppy at remembrance time and is a Millerbeck favourite. Do watch out for her when you visit!

Watch the video HERE

Question – Why is Poppy painted in matt black and why is the lettering on Poppy’s name plate outlined in black?

This is a beautiful lesser known area of our county but is well worth exploring.  Visit the Home Page HERE


For the Activity Page click HERE

The Lake District’s newest all-weather museum is a vibrant, family-friendly, place dedicated to the boats, people and the rich history of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake.

Visit their website: https://windermerejetty.org/


Watch this VIDEO to learn how to make your own boat.

This amazing tapestry contains 77 vibrant embroidered panels  made by 4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries between 1981 and 1996 (over 40 panels are on display at Kendal).

Visit the website: https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/  and enjoy the  virtual tour around the tapestry.


If you feel inspired to create an image of your own why not have a go at this Brownie Program Activity:

UMA – Brownies Squared

Alfred Wainwright was a fell walker,  author and illustrator  who became famous for his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, written between 1955 and 1966. The guides cover 214 fells, now referred to as ‘Wainwrights’ and, to this day many walkers try to walk all the peaks  in his books. It is reported that the youngest person to complete all the Wainwrights is a boy aged just 5 years old.

Don’t worry we are not going to ask you to climb all 214 fells (although if that takes your fancy then why not ask an adult or several adults to help you achieve this!). We would like to encourage you to take a look at the fells either in photos, or on your next visit if Government guidelines allow, and have a go at doing your own pen drawing in the style of Alfred Wainwright.

For help with how to recreate Wainwright’s style have a look at  Andy Cunningham’s YouTube videos https://www.youtube.com/user/AndyCunningham75/videos

It would be great to see your drawings of the fells.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, offers a wide variety of things to see and do including 30 acres of stunning gardens, bike hire, archery, playgrounds, crazy golf and treetop treks. Find out more by viewing these VIDEOS.

Whether flying through the trees on a zip line is your thing or not, why not let  one of your cuddly friends have a go by creating  a zip wire for them? How long can you make it? Don’t forget you’ll need a comfy harness to keep them safe!

Brownies – UMA Speedy Explorers

Hidden on the hillside between Grasmere and Ambleside is Rydal Cave. Local folk tales say that dragons live in this slate cavern. This is because visitors  have seen the dragon’s smoking breath coming out of the mouth of the cave. (This is actually due to the temperature difference between outside and inside the caves causing the water to condensate)

Taffy Thomas, the  Storyteller Laureate, who is based in Grasmere, tells a story about the dragon of Rydal and a violin playing boy called George. How about making your own instrument to serenade a dragon?
Here are a few ideas to help you make your own guitar https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Rubber-Band-Guitar

Why not go on a dragon hunt too? The directions can be found here: Going on a Dragon Hunt Word Document

Don’t worry if you can’t get to the caves,  here is a little experiment for you to try after the dragon hunt. If you shout into the cave you may hear someone shouting back! Is it the dragon or is it an echo? Do you know what an echo is or how to make one?

Click here for the Echo Challenge Instructions: Echo-Challenge-Word-Document.docx


Visit the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy
This VIDEO shows how to fold, and write, a letter as they did in Wordsworth’s day.
Why don’t you try this for yourself and send it to a friend or family member.  When you fold the paper you will create blocks.  Why not draw pictures in some of them as well as writing.
Here are some letters by Dorothy and William Wordsworth and a beautiful modern illustrated letter.




Grizedale forest in the heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails, have a look at  all that Grizedale has to offer on their website  https://www.forestryengland.uk/grizedale 


Grizedale Forest has some amazing and fun Sculpture Trails
See them HERE

Have a go at creating your own sculpture or land art using natural materials.
For Inspiration have a look at the work of artist Goldsworthy on the internet.

Rangers – UMA Land Art

Windermere Lake Cruises will take you on a scenic ride on England’s longest lake.

Visit their website HERE


Most of the boats are named after wildfowl you might see on the lake.  Can you match these birds to their names?


Tarn Hows was part of the legacy Beatrix Potter left the National Trust in her will. There is a lovely circular walk around the tarn (2 miles).

To find out more about Tarn Hows watch this video  by the National Trust

The tarn is fed by  surrounding streams and rainfall.  Have a go at creating your  own water cycle. You’ll need a seal-able plastic food bag, permanent marker, tape, water, blue food colouring and a sunny window.
Here’s what to do…
On the plastic bag draw a cloud, the sun and a tarn, lake or pond.
Quarter fill a cup with water and add a couple of drops of food colouring. Carefully pour this into the bag and seal. Ask an adult to check it is fully sealed, then tape to a window in the sunshine.

What will happen?
After a while (depending on how sunny it is) you will see a change in your bag.  As the water heats up in the sun the water evaporates. Outside the water vapour goes into the atmosphere but in our bag there is nowhere for it to go so it will turn into condensation – droplets of water sticking to the side of the bag.  These are like the water vapour in the clouds. As the drops get bigger and heavier they will start to run down the bag and back into the tarn – like rainfall.

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is situated in the picturesque Levens Valley at the southern end of Windermere.

Visit their website by clicking HERE


Watch the VIDEO

Make your own train here: L&H Railway 3D train


Built in a historic nineteenth century dock, the museum is home to a wealth of objects on the social and industrial history of the Furness area.

Visit the Dock Museum website HERE
Find out how to make your own Submarine HERE


The garden at Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top, was a real inspiration for many of her famous books.

Visit Hill Top garden website HERE


Download our Fruit & Vegetable Quiz Here: Fruit and Veg Quiz



All Terrain Transport, Rescue and Recovery Team

Visit their website  here: www.baysearchandrescue.org.uk



Watch their Videos HERE & HERE

Remember DO NOT go on the sands unless you are with someone who knows what they are doing.

Being able to tie knots is an important skill for the Search and Rescue team. Why not learn more about knots by completing one of these activities.

Rainbows  –  UMA Tied up in Knots

Guides  – UMA Treasure Hunters

Rangers  –  UMA Think and Thank


Visit the Lakes Aquarium Website HERE



Activity: Go pond dipping or explore rock pools and see what you can find.


With over 1,000 animals from all over the world The South Lakes Safari Zoo is a great day out for all the family where you can see all creatures great and small.
Whilst there you can watch and take part in  feeding time, walk among the animals and learn more about your favourites. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/daIA8FpqB2w

Click HERE for their Website

The South Lakes Safari Zoo is also involved in conservation projects and are trying to breed and protect many endangered animals like Red Pandas and Rhinos.
Here is a video of just some of the animals you might see. How many can you name?

As we all know at the moment everyone needs to wear a mask when going into shops. Well it’s the same at the zoo!

Why not have a go at designing your own mask with an animal twist. How about  taking it further by making  a mask you can wear out of things you can find in your house. Maybe you can use an old pillow case or sheet, go ‘wild’ and post a picture of what you have created.

This is the pattern:


Leave only footprints and take only memories is a well known phrase when looking at sustainable & responsible tourism. The Rangers UMA ‘Leave Only Footprints’ allows rangers to explore how to be a tourist without leaving a trace and fits well with our travel theme.

You can find the details of the UMA HERE


Download your badge order form here: Ticket to Travel Badge Order Form