Beatrix Potters Favourite Countryside

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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

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 you to Hawkshead,  the beauty spot Tarn Hows and Hill Top Gardens. (There is an additional charge for Hilltop House and it is not open Fridays).

You will also get to take a Lake Cruise on Windermere.

This tour is ideal for fans of Miss Potter, taking in some great locations in a scenic afternoon. 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.

Tour Itinerary


Summer (Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere & Windermere)

16th February 2019 - 3rd November 2019

Adult Senior Student Child
£39 £38 £38 £35

Summer (Oxenholme Railway Station)

16th February 2019 - 3rd November 2019


Tour Days

Summer (Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere & Windermere)

16th February 2019 - 3rd November 2019

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Summer (Oxenholme Railway Station)

16th February 2019 - 3rd November 2019



Half day 12:00 - 16:30

Activity Level

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.



Group Size

16 passengers maximum


  • Transport in a comfortable 16 seater minibus
  • Knowledgeable Driver Guide
  • Many stops on route
  • Lake Cruise

Main Departure point

Windermere Tourist Information Centre

How to find us

Pickup Service

  • Tour pick-ups are available from certain accommodations in Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
  • Pick-ups are also available from Oxenholme Train Station (Mon - Sat) 


This tour is unsuitable for children under 5.
All passengers must have their own seat.

We have private hire options available for those who have children under 5.

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.


Lunch is not included, however there will be a stop in Hawkshead with the opportunity to get something to eat and drink.
If you would like to spend more time exploring the village, why don't you use Mountain Goat's packed lunch service?

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 24 hours prior to departure & receive a full refund. After 24 hours no refund will be issued.

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 (an additional charge of £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child applies), 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.

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