Our Beatrix Potter tour is back for the season!
Our Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour is back for the 2019 season! This popular afternoon tour from Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside runs daily up until 3rd November 2019. It's a fantastic day out for those who are short on time but want a great introduction to the Lake District National Park, taking in some of the stunning scenery that inspired Beatrix Potter.
Here are just some of the highlights:
Hawkshead is a charming medieval village of narrow alleys and characterful squares in the valley between Lakes Windermere and Coniston. Hawkshead is home to a Grammar School which was established in 1585 and where the famous Lake District poet, William Wordsworth went to school. There has also been a church on the hill overlooking the village since the 14th Century but the current church was built in the 16th Century. It's a fantastic place to explore, with lots of unique shops and cafe's to visit.
We couldn't have a Beatrix Potter inspired tour without visiting the magnificient Hill Top. Hill Top was bought by Beatrix Potter in 1906 eventually leaving it to the National Trust on her death in 1943. It was opened to the public by the Trust in 1946 and displayed many of her original drawings but these have subsequently been moved to the old offices of William Heelis where they are currently displayed. Hill Top remains open to the public as a museum to Beatrix and still retains the character of the house as it was when she died. For an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child you can enjoy a guided tour of the house, or you can simply admire the house from the outside and take a walk through the gardens.
Enjoy a stop at Tarn Hows, a picturesque beauty sport just to the north of Coniston, originally three smaller tarns, Low, Middle and High, but the building of a dam raised the water level to create a larger body of water. Tarn How’s is accessible to everyone, regardless of age and physical ability due to it’s manageable footpath.
If we haven't tempted you yet, this has to be the icing on the cake! A cruise on Lake Windermere.
Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England surrounded by spectacular mountains and small villages. It is fed by the rivers Brathay, Rothay, Cunsey and Troutbeck. The lake has 18 islands and the main fish in the lake are trout, char, perch and the top predator is the pike; growing to 1.5m in length. Sit back and take in the views as you cruise on Windermere.
What a perfect way to spend an afternoon, you'll also learn so much about the Lake District and Beatrix Potter as our friendly Driver/Guides transport you around our beautiful National Park.