Full Day Rail & Road Tour of the Lake District from Edinburgh

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I'm starting from: Edinburgh Waverley
I'd like to be picked up from: Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station
  Estimated Pickup Time: 8:45AM

Hill Top House is not open during the winter (November 4th - February 15th).
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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

Travel by rail and road into the very heart of the English Lake District to visit landscapes and landmarks associated with the famous children's author, Beatrix Potter. This tour an ideal opportunity to adventure to the "most beautiful corner" of England

This tour includes your initial rail transport to the Lake District, where you will arrive at Oxenholme Train Station to join Mountain Goat's Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside tour. Please note the rail transfer, while included in the price, is a non guided section of the tour and as such passengers will have to be prompt in arriving at Edinburgh Waverley Station in order to make the train.

After a leisurely train journey from Edinburgh you will arrive in the Lake District to join an afternoon minibus tour which 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).

You will be introduced 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.

This tour is ideal for those who want to escape the city and only have a short time to do so. Whether you're a fan of Beatrix Potter's work or not, the landscapes and the legacy she has left are sure to inspire you.

Tour Itinerary

Prices

Winter 2019/2020

01st December - 14th February 2020

Adult Senior Student Child
£99 £99 £99 £59

Summer 2020

15th February 2020 - November 1st 2020

AdultSeniorStudentChild
£99£99£99£59

Tour Days

Summer 2020

04th November 2019 - 31st October 2020

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Duration

Full day 08:45 - 20:30

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.

Language

English

Group Size

16 passengers maximum

Includes

  • Return train ticket from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Oxenholme Train Station
  • Transport in a comfortable 16 seater minibus
  • Knowledgeable Driver Guide
  • Many stops on route
  • Lake Cruise

Main Departure point

Edinburgh Waverley Station

How to find us

Pickup Service

  • Passengers take a train service to Oxenholme from Edinburgh Waverley, this part of the day tour is not guided, so passengers are responsible for their timings. The train will not wait for any latecomers.
  • You will need to board your train using your E-Ticket which will be provided by Mountain Goat following your booking. The train will depart from Edinburgh Waverley at 08:52, please arrive early to ensure you have plenty of time to find your platform and get on.
  • A Mountain Goat representative will then meet you at Oxenholme Railway Station to escort you to the mini-bus and begin the guided section of the tour.

Restrictions

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 our mini-buses for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.

There will also be space on board the train for luggage. Passengers are responsible for their own luggage, Mountain Goat Limited can accept no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged luggage.

Lunch

Lunch is not included, however there will be a stop in Hawkshead with the opportunity to get something to eat and drink.

Cancellation Policy

Our Rail & Road tours are non-refundable, full payment is required at the time of booking.

Begin your Mountain Goat tour by taking a train journey from Edinburgh Waverley Station, in the heart of the city. From here you will travel to meet your guide at Oxenholme Railway Station.

On your train journey you will be treated to the stunning landscapes of southern Scotland as you make your way across country towards the border. Soon the Lake District will come into view, with rugged fells standing stoically on the horizon.

Your driver guide will meet you at Oxenholme station to take you to Windermere for some free time before you join the Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside tour, which takes in many places associated with the famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter, this tour is an ideal opportunity to see the incredible scenery of the Lake District and learn about why it inspired her so much.

You will cruise on one of the famous lakes, where you can enjoy the views from the water. Sometimes the cruise may be cancelled by the cruise company, if this is the case an alternative extra will be included in the tour.

On your tour you will visit various places known for their links to Beatrix Potter such as Hawkshead, Lake Windermere, Tarn Hows and the Langdales. The route varies in the winter and summer due to Hill Top Opening Times and the weather. View the different itineraries for the mini-bus section of the tour below:

Winter 2019 - 04/11/19 - 14/02/20

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.

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.

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.

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.

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