The Lake District of Beatrix Potter tour is ideal for those who wish to combine a leisurely scenic tour through the south lakes with some of the most popular visitor attractions. The tour focuses on the life of Beatrix Potter and her importance to the Lake District not only as a childrens storyteller but also as a farmer and champion of the local herdwick sheep. You will visit Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter with its beautiful garden and original furnishings.
Departure time: 12:00
Pick up: Windermere station or hotels (optional pick up from Oxenholme station at 1108 can be arranged for £18 per person - email to request this service.)
Drop off: Bowness pier 1730 . The tour includes a ride on the 1615 steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside connecting with the Windermere lake cruise to Bowness arriving at Bowness pier at 1730. Return transfer to Oxenholme station in time for the 1829 train to London or hotels in Windermere can be arranged on request.
We follow quiet backroads alongside the River Brathay through a mossy woodland, teeming with bluebells in the Spring, to reach the small mountain lake at Tarn Hows. This well known beauty spot affords wonderful views and photo opportunities before we descend a narrow road high above Yewdale. Way below is the white farm house of Yew Tree Farm formerly owned by Beatrix Potter and used in the filming of 'Miss Potter'.
At Coniston Water we stop for stunning lakeside views with the mountain mass of Coniston Old Man rising high above the water and village of Coniston. We drive over Hawkshead Hill to reach Hawkshead, a pretty village with narrow lanes, ancient church, Beatrix Potter gallery and the famous grammar school attended by the Lake District poet William Wordsworth.
We have time to explore the village, take lunch before visiting Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter and now a carefully managed property owned by the National Trust. After visiting the house we drive through woodland alongside Windermere to reach the train station at Haverthwaite. The Furness line was built in the 1860s and is an introduction to the industrial heritage of the area where the train and steamers were a vital link in the industrial development of the Lake District. Now the two combine into a popular visitor attraction and make a wonderful way to finish a most varied day out.