Beatrix Potter's 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 and Hill Top Gardens. (There is an additional charge for Hilltop House and it is not open Fridays or in the Winter).

The tour also introduces you to the incredible landscapes and cultures which shaped Beatrix Potter's incredible stories. Travel through valleys and forests and visit the beauty spots which inspired her work which is beloved the world over.

You will take a lake cruise, where you can marvel at the beauty of the Lake District from the tranquil waters themselves. If the cruise is cancelled an alternative extra will be included in the tour.

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 2020 (Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere and Oxenholme)

15th February 2020 - October 31st 2020

Adult Senior Student Child
£41 £39 £39 £37

Tour Days

Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere & Windermere

15th February 2020 - 01st November 2020

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Oxenholme Railway Station

15th February 2020 - 01st November 2020



Half day Windermere 12:00 - 16:00 / Oxenholme 11:10 - 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.

Cancellation Policy

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

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

You will also cruise on one of the famous lakes. If the cruise is cancelled an alternative extra will be included in the tour.

This afternoon tour takes you to Hawkshead, Lake Windermere and much more. The route varies in the winter and summer due to Hill Top Opening Times and the weather. View the different itineraries below:

Summer 2020 - 15/02/20 - 31/10/20

Leave Windermere in the early afternoon and head along Lake Windermere, learning about the history of the area and lake along the way from our knowledgeable, local driver guides. You will catch several glimpses of the glittering lake as you drive towards the central Lake District.

If there is time you may be treated to a stop at the National Trust site, Wray Castle. A beautiful castle which stands tall on the north west shore of Windermere. Boasting beautiful views of the surrounding fells the castle is a popular destination for national park visitors. (Again, please be aware this stop is not guaranteed, it is dependant on timings and Hill Top entry times.)

Onwards we travel through more of the Lake District's landscapes, areas which inspired Miss Potter when writing her famous Tales of Peter Rabbit.

Next we visit stop at Hill Top Farm, once owned by the famous author this beautifully preserved building is as enchanting as traditional farm houses come.

You may choose to enter to house and see how she lived. This is additional and can be added to your basket when booking. Please check the house opening times before booking as it closes Fridays outside of UK school holidays. 

Onward to the beauty spot Tarn Hows, this man made tarn provides some of the most incredible views in the Lake District. On a clear day you can see the Langdale Pikes, a favoured adventure for walkers.

Both our summer and winter tours are an ideal afternoon out for fans of Miss Potter, taking in some great locations in a scenic afternoon. Even if you’re not a fan of the author you can sit back and enjoy some of the best scenery the Lake District has to offer.

Winter 2020

Following a similar route to our summer tour you will first take to the water on a lake cruise along the Lake District's largest lake, Windermere. You will have the chance to view the incredible scenery from one of Windermere Lake Cruises' ferries as it shuttles you towards the northern end of Windermere.

You will then head into the heart of the Lakes, through valleys where majestic fells stand stoically against the elements. Here you will have a chance to explore the incredibly beautiful landscapes which inspired Miss Potter's work and her love for Lakeland.

As you travel through this incredible national park there will be plenty of stops, where you will find yourselves surrounded an expanse of beautiful scenery, whether you stop at a small tarn nestled high in the mountains, or on the bank of a meandering river you will be treated to some beautiful views. 

Onwards to the medieval village of Hawkshead. During the winter this quaint Lakeland village is a tranquil paradise, filled with exciting shops and charming buildings. Venture through the streets for a bite to eat with the air filled with the soft scent of wood smoke from the traditional Pub's log fires.

At the end of the tour you will enjoy a cream tea in a traditional country house hotel where you can relax in the lounge before returning you Oxenholme for your return train.

Please note, Hill Top House is closed on Friday outside of UK school holidays and during the winter months. See their website for further details.

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