It is now 8 years since we took our children Isabella Skye and Saffron Willow then aged 5 and 3 on a tipi holiday in Cornwall
. We fell in love with the tipi tradition
and decided we had to bring the experience to our home county of Cumbria
Setting up and running 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis
has been an enjoyable and rewarding task involving many of our friends and family. We have often taken guidance from Native American teachings
and looked to the earth for answers. Where the tipis
should be sited? We needed to choose our locations wisely and take into consideration many aspects of the land we were going to use as our 4 Winds Tipi locations
Our main task is to offer an affordable and unique Lake District camping experience
, small groups
. 2009 was our first year operating from a National Trust campsite. The experience has been very enjoyable and the staff and facilities have made the 2010 season our most successful yet both in terms of bookings and customer satisfaction.
On our Journey with 4 Winds
we are always learning and ask guests to comment on what aspects of the 4 Winds
experience they liked and what they think could be changed for the better. We felt the need to do this as our first tipi holiday
had been quite basic and we felt we needed just a few more comforts to be able to really enjoy the experience (See: Our Tipis
page). We are proud to have had many great testimonials and press reports regarding the standard of our site and Tipis
Many thanks to all who have stayed with us. Below are just a couple of guests recommendations.
Hear more about what our native guests said about thier stay. (See: Testimonials page).
“Thank you for an amazing tipi experience. We will definitely be booking to come again.”
- Emma and Chris Catterall, Manchester - 2009.
“Just a quick note to say thanks very much for a fantastic weekend. The setting was beautiful and the tipi was amazing. We all had a great time. The kids now want to live in a tipi.”
- Rob, Kate, Amelia and Isabel Boon - 2009.
We have now had many wonderful and entertaining occasions in our Tipis
and met some amazing new friends. Being involved with tipis has given our children some truly unique experiences and has taught them much more about life and their environment than any textbook could. For ourselves the experience has reawakened the simplicity and joys of our childhood.
As you enter the pages of this site the true magic of the tipi experience will unfold.
Lee Duckworth is a cabinet maker and wood craftsman who makes decking platforms, fencing, pergolas and many other outdoor structures and has made the carvings and woodcrafts on the Tipi sites
Suzanne Duckworth has a background in Art and Drama and has a degree in Sociology and Health and a PGC in Dementia Studies specialising in therapeutic and creative dementia support. Suzanne’s main interests are art and crafts.