Lake District Literature Tour

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If you're a literature enthusiast, this is the tour for you. The Lake District is renowned for being the “most beautiful corner of England” and inspired novelists, storytellers and poets. 

Visit some of the locations which inspired the likes of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Alfred Wainwright and Beatrix Potter. On this tour you will visit Hawkshead, Hill Top, Tarn Hows, Coniston, Langdale Valley, Grasmere and Ambleside. 

This tour is subject to availability, please contact our office to check price & availability. 

Tour Itinerary




Full day 8 hours

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

6 passengers Maximum


  • Transport in a Mercedes Viano (6 passengers)
  • On-board commentary in English;
  • Pickup & drop off from select locations
  • Bottled water & Kendal Mint Cake for each person
  • Entry to Beatrix Potter's Gallery
  • Entry to Hill Top Farm
  • Entry to Brantwood
  • Private tour with a histroian at Armitt Libary & Museum

Pickup Service

Private Tours can pick up from a variety of locations & accommodation providers. 

Please select an option within these areas when booking online. If you wish to request a specific location please contact us directly via phone or email to enquire. 

Some locations may not be possible for this tour or may require an additional charge.

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 lunch stop in Grasmere with many options available

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 48 hours prior to departure & receive a full refund. After 48 hours no refund will be issued

The outstanding landscapes and scenery of the Lake District inspired novelists, storytellers and poets for over two centuries, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Alfred Wainwright and Beatrix Potter. Explore the Lake District through their eyes.

Visit Wray Castle on the western shores of Windermere, where the teenage Beatrix Potter spent her summer holidays

Visit medieval Hawkshead, home to the Beatrix Potter gallery, a 17th-century house where her husband once lived; and the oldest Quaker meeting house in Cumbria.

Visit Hill Top Farm, Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse, which she bought in 1905 with the proceeds of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and is a time capsule of her life.

Explore Tarn Hows, recommended for walkers in Wordsworth’s 1835 guide of the Lake District (it was partially bought by Beatrix Potter in 1930 and left to the National Trust in her will).

Visit Brantwood House, once owned by Victorian artist John Ruskin, on Coniston. Explore the lake that was the setting for Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons and where Donald Campbell set the water speed record in 1967 before his tragic death.

Travel through the beautiful Langdale Valley to Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth for 14 years, and Sarah Nelson’s famous gingerbread shop, which has been in business since 1854. [Note: Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s home, is closed for major repairs until 2020]

An exclusive, private tour with a historian at Armitt Library & Museum in Ambleside. This extraordinary resource was established in 1912 and features first editions and rare books by a host of writers, some of which will be produced for guests to examine.

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