Lake District Audio Drives

Lake District Drives in audio format

New for 2022, your favourite Lake District drives in an audio format! In partnership with VoiceMap, the drives are voice recorded by the author so you can listen to them on your mobile device as you travel, rather than trying to read and navigate.

VoiceMap works by using GPS to trigger audio exactly when you need it as you travel, both for attraction commentary and also driving directions. So you can concentrate on the beautiful scenery and attractions whilst the audio plays and you can be sure you won’t miss any turns. You can take the tour at your own pace and also stop it at any point if you want to spend more time at a particular place, then resume the tour when you’re ready. The adventure is yours!

The audio drives contain much more information than the website versions, including local history, culture and stories, to enhance your Lake District Drives experience and discover more about this wonderful area.

The main attractions on route also have more detail included. You will need to pull in to each attraction car park to trigger the attraction audio but you don’t need to stay. At the end of this webpage are VoiceMap Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

VoiceMap Ambleside Keswick Ullswater drive

There are two audio tours currently available; The Ambleside-Keswick-Ullswater drive and The Windermere-Coniston-Hawkshead drive. You can access these via the links below.

The best way to follow the tour is via the free app on your mobile device. The app is available for all Apple and Android devices. Once you have the app you can then purchase and download the tour so you can save it on your device and it will play even without mobile signal or WiFi.

If you want a flavour of the audio you can play the Ambleside-Keswick-Ullswater introduction section using the sound bar below. You can also sample the audio for the first three tour locations for free in the VoiceMap tour.

More audio drives are currently being produced.

Voicemap User FAQ

How do VoiceMap tours work?

VoiceMap’s audio tour app for iOS and Android uses your device’s GPS to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. Just install the app and download your tour, then go to the starting point and begin your walk, drive, cycle, train trip or even boat ride.

Do I need to follow a route, or can I start the tour anywhere I like?

Tours have a fixed starting point and follow a route to a fixed end location. This allows us to provide turn-by-turn-directions and improves the accuracy of automatic playback. It also helps tour publishers tell a better story, greater than the sum of its parts. But the VoiceMap app does have a Resume option, and this allows you to pick up a tour from the closest location and carry on with it whenever you like.

Can I use tours more than once?

You can listen to your tours as often as you like using both the VoiceMap app and the VoiceMap website. Your access to tours doesn’t expire.

Can I listen to tours at home?

Yes! You don’t need to travel to a tour’s starting point to listen to it. In the VoiceMap app, just select Virtual mode on the screen that displays after you download the tour. You can also listen to the whole tour at voicemap.me.

How do I access a tour using the VoiceMap app if I purchase it through the VoiceMap website?

Once you’ve purchased a tour, it’s added to your VoiceMap library. If you sign into the app using the same method you used at voicemap.me, you’ll have access to your full library of tours. This works the other way too: if you make in-app purchases using the VoiceMap app, you can access these on the VoiceMap website.

Can I give friends and family access to a tour I have purchased?

Tours are intended for a single person. If you’re doing a tour with other people, each of them needs to purchase a copy, unless it’s a driving tour and you’re playing the tour through the car’s soundsystem.

Do I need mobile data to do a VoiceMap tour?

No, VoiceMap works entirely offline if there’s no data connection, so you don’t have to pay roaming fees. Just download the tour over WiFi before you get started.