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 tour 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.
We follow quiet backroads alongside the River Brathay through a mossy woodland, teeming with bluebells in the Spring, to reach the small mountain lake at Tarn Hows. This well known beauty spot affords wonderful views and photo opportunities before we descend a narrow road high above Yewdale. Way below is the white farm house of Yew Tree Farm formerly owned by Beatrix Potter and used in the filming of 'Miss Potter'.
At Coniston Water we stop for stunning lakeside views with the mountain mass of Coniston Old Man rising high above the water and village of Coniston. We drive over Hawkshead Hill to reach Hawkshead, 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 have time to explore the village, take lunch before visiting Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter and now a carefully managed property owned by the National Trust. After visiting the house we drive through woodland alongside Windermere 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 where the train and steamers were a vital link in the industrial development of the Lake District. Now the two combine into a popular visitor attraction and make a wonderful way to finish a most varied day out.
Departure and Return
Dates: 16 Feb to 30 Oct
Days: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat
Place : Windermere station or hotels
Tour start time: 1200
Tour finish time:
1615 at Haverthwaite - driving tour ends
1730 at Bowness - cruise ends
Alternative departure points from hotels in Windermere, Bowness or Ambleside
At extra cost Oxenholme station pick up at 1108
Tour price includes:
Price excludes lunch
Small group supplements apply when group size is less than 4 on the day of the tour.
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.