Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside

Taking in many places associated with the famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter, this tour is an ideal opportunity to see some of the scenery which inspired her. 

This afternoon tour takes in a Lake Cruise on Windermere, Hawkshead, Tarn Hows beauty spot and Hill Top Farm Gardens (house extra charge required not open Fridays).

This tour is ideal for fans of Miss Potter, taking in some great locations in a scenic afternoon. Others can enjoy the tour as even if you’re not a fan of Beatrix Potter you can sit back and enjoy some of the best scenery the Lake District has to offer.

  • Hill Top Gardens
    10 Photos
  • Hawkshead
  • Hawkshead main square
  • Enjoying a Cruise on Windermere
  • Cruise on Windermere
  • Hill Top House
  • Sawrey
  • Windermere
  • Tarn Hows
  • A Tarn Hows View
    • Times: Daily Tours: 12.00 to 16.30 from February 10th 2018 to October 28th 2018


      Official start point is Windermere Tourist Information Centre. 
      Tour pick-ups from select accommodation and locations in Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside. Pick-ups also available from Oxenholme Train Station (Mon - Sat) for £5pp.

      Prices 2018:
      Adult = £37
      Child = £33
      Senior = £36

      Please note that each customer must have their own seat onboard the vehicle. 

      How To Book: You can instantly book by selecting your preferred date on this page.

      Included Extras A Lake Cruise on England’s largest Lake, Windermere.

      Whats Not Included Entrance to Hill Top House (£10.90 extra)

      Please Note: A minimum of 2 passengers is required for this tour to operate

      We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.

      For more information please browse the Full Itinerary, Additional Information and the Route Map. If you would like a Daily Tour brochure or further information regarding our Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour please contact us.

    • You start the afternoon by making your way from Bowness Bay towards Waterhead cruising on England’s largest Lake, Windermere. Sit back and enjoy the unrivalled views from the Lake towards the fell ranges beyond. 

      After arriving at Waterhead you make your way to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, where she wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this 17th century cottage. You will have the opportunity to go into the house (additional charge and not open Fridays), explore the garden and visit the shop.

      Continuing onto the medieval village of Hawkshead, you will have a little time to explore its many delightful features. There is plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth old Grammar School is located here. 

      Onwards then, to the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows, which is one of the most photographed locations in the Lake District. Soak up the stunning views looking towards the mountains at Tarn Hows, before making your way back to Windermere.

    • Tour Type
      This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.  

      Hill Top
      Please note that Hill Top is not open Fridays, except June, July & August.
      Entrance to Hill Top is also not included in this tour.
      Lunch Stop
      You will stop briefly in Hawkshead, a small Lakeland village. There are a number of pubs, cafes and shops located here. Due to the limited time of the tour, this stop is not an official lunch stop. 
      Lake Cruise 
      We predominately cruise on Windermere. Please note we reserve the right to change this due to unforeseen circumstances outside our control.
      Clothing & Footwear
      We suggest you wear comfortable and sensible footwear, we also recommend bringing a light raincoat.  
      Assistance Dogs
      We are happy to accept assistance dogs only on this tour. Please contact us to advise us in advance.  
      Please Note: We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.
      For full terms and conditions please see here.

    • *Please note our route maps are a guide only

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    Tour Highlights

    Beatrix Potter Favourite Countryside Highlights include:

    Focusing on Beatrix Potter and the countryside she loved. This half day tour is ideal for both fans of Miss Potter and fans of spectacular scenery.

    You will enjoy:

    • Lake Windermere, cruise on the largest Lake in England. 
    • Hawkshead, a picturesque medieval village where Wordsworth once studied.   
    • Hill Top Farm, you will have chance to visit the Gardens & Shop. For house entrance an extra charge is payable, opening times are dependent on National Trust. 
    • Tarn Hows, a tranquil Lake District beauty spot.