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Behind the Scenes Lake District Beatrix Potter tour

Tour Highlights -  an exclusive private tour in the Lake District of Beatrix Potter visiting sights not possible on a group tour

Step back in time to appreciate a Lake District that was far removed from the popular visitor destination of today. A time when farming was the most important industry, roads were made of dirt and transport was by horse and carriage, steam trains and lake steamers.

Our tour begins in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter with a ferry ride across Windermere to Claife Viewing station - a magnificent viewpoint discovered by early visitors to the Lake District. We arrive in the pretty village of Near Sawrey to enjoy an exclusive visit to the former marital home of Beatrix Potter at Castle Cottage,now the home of Blue Badge Tourist Guide Mandy Marshall, who is an acknowledged expert on Beatrix Potter and her life in the Lake District. Join Mandy on a tour of her house and garden, discover little known anecdotes surrounding the life of Beatrix Potter in the village of Near Sawrey and her passion for the local Herdwick sheep – a must for anyone who wishes to know more about the remarkable lady behind the much loved childrens stories.

Inspired by Beatrix Potter Mandy has worked with local farmers and craftspeople in the use of locally sourced Herdwick wool to develop a range of Herdwick products that can be seen at Castle Cottage.   Mandy and the Herdwick


The tour of Castle Cottage lasts approx. one to two hours, including refreshments and is followed by a visit to the National Trust Property at Hill Top, Hawkshead village where you can visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery and see some of her original paintings in the former office of her husband William Heelis.

The scenic drive via the beauty spot of Tarn Hows leads to Coniston Water with the option of taking the National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola for an almost silent lake cruise with glorious views of the surrounding fells.


Castle Cottage - former marital home of Beatrix PotterA view from the window of Castle Cottage

This was the Lakeland of Beatrix Potter - a landscape of small fields, herdwick sheep, whitewashed farms and stunning scenery.


Near Sawrey in Winter - lovely! Beatrix Potter loved the snowy winters


Typical lake District scene - lake, mountains and sheep, little changed since Beatrix Potter lived here


Coniston Water - private driver guiding to stunning viewpoints

Private Tour Pricing

PRICE: £575 for 2-6 pax excluding optional entry fee to Hill Top and Gondola. 


Tour start time: 0930 from Windermere

Tour end time : approx 1700


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I never could have imagined such a great experience at Hill Top, one of the busiest sights in the Lakes. I had imagined crowds upon crowds of people, but it was exceptionally pleasant and peaceful.
I'm sure some of this was mere luck or that it wasn't full summer season, but Andy's inside knowledge certainly had a part in this great experience! Also went to other excellent sights I would otherwise not have known about. Great experience with an outstanding guide!

S.Forster USA

My sisters and I, one of whom is a rabid Beatrix Potter fan (she named her country property "Hilltop") had a most enjoyable tour of the sites and the district with Andrew. He was a fountain of knowledge about Potter's legacy in the district and the district itself. He is a very pleasant and instantly likable fellow with a relaxed manner and had a gentle but firm way of keeping us on schedule. Our van was spacious and impeccably clean. I wouldn't hesitate to engage him for another tour.

D.Duffy Canada

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