TOUR A - Half day - The Lake District of Beatrix Potter

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Tour Description 

The Lake District of Beatrix Potter tour is ideal for those who wish to combine a leisurely scenic tour through the south lakes with some of the most popular attractions. The first part of the morning focuses on the life of Beatrix Potter and her importance to the Lake District not only as a childrens storyteller but also as a farmer and champion of the local herdwick sheep. You will visit Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter with its beautiful garden and original furnishings.

Hawkshead is a pretty village with narrow lanes, ancient church, Beatrix Potter gallery and the famous grammar school attended by the Lake District poet William Wordsworth. We drive over Hawkshead Hill before dropping to Coniston Water where Donald Campbell set the water speed record. We drive slowly along the scenic eastern shore of Coniston Water by Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin, from where the views are simply amazing! The views continue as we pass Wild Cat Island of Arthur Ransomes' Swallows and Amazons to reach the train station at Haverthwaite. The Furness line was built in the 1860s and is an introduction to the industrial heritage of the area. Should you wish to steam and cruise to Bowness you say goodbye to your guide at this point and board the 1400 departure that connects with the scenic cruise up Lake Windermere to Bowness arriving 1520 to end a most varied day out. Alternatively you can stay on the bus and drive to Bowness alongside Lake Windermere.


Tour Dates

Departure and Return


Tour Price

Dates: 9 Apr to 30 Oct

Days: Daily subject to availability


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Place : Windermere station 

Tour start time:  0930


Tour finish time:

1400 at Haverthwaite - driving tour ends

1520 at Bowness - cruise ends


Alternative departure points from hotels in Windermere, Bowness or Ambleside

At extra cost Oxenholme station pick up at 0845

Adults: £75

Child £49


Tour price includes:

  • Reserved entry to Hill Top
  • Steam train Haverthwaite to Lakeside
  • Cruise Lakeside to Bowness

Price excludes lunch


Small group supplements apply when group size is less than 4 on the day of the tour.

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We do not stop at Brantwood.

Should you wish to visit, and/or spend longer in places this makes for a wonderful private tour where you can take a later train/cruise.

There are some wonderful lunch spots along the way!

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Why Lake District Tours?

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We have just arrived at Japan from UK today. In Lake District we were very happy to join a private Lake District Tour. Picking up services between hotel and rail station helped us. Thank you very much for everything.

The beautiful countryside around Hill Top really moved us and we will never forget our memory of walking through foot path and cruising on the beautiful lake.

Kenichi Nishimura


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