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$70.36 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour and Lake Cruise from Windmere

Surround yourself with the scenery that inspired Beatrix Potter's enchanting tales during a half-day tour in the Lake District National Park. This tour gives you the chance to visit the author's home, and explore the medieval Hawkshead and scenic Tarn Hows. The tour starts as we make our way to Hill Top, the 17th-century home that Beatrix Potter used as an artistic retreat. Stroll through the colourful garden, home to various flowers, vegetables and herbs.  A tour of the old 17th-century farmhouse is included, then you can browse the goods in the shop or if you wish The House and Gardens remain as it was when Beatrix Potter herself lived there. Your next destination is the nearby medieval township of Hawkshead, which was originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey until the 12th century. Spend time exploring the ancient charms of the village, including the 14th-century Hawkshead Parish Church and the grammar school where poet William Wordsworth was educated Later, head to Tarn Hows, a picturesque area of the Lake District National Park that was once owned by Beatrix Potter. Learn about the challenges the author faced in purchasing it in an attempt to preserve it from development, and how it became part of England's National Trust.  The afternoon concludes with a cruise down England’s largest lake, Windermere, offering unrivalled views towards the mountains. Please note: Hill Top house is not open on Fridays outside of June, July & August.

$91.64 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Windermere Cruise from York

Highlights Explore the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales Explore the Lake District Hill Top Tarn Hows Lake Cruise of Lake Windermere We depart York bright and early and head west toward the Yorkshire Dales. This scenic drive brings us to the edges of the Dales where we can expect views of both Yorkshire National Parks, The Moors and the Dales. Heading into the edges of Wensleydale we soon start to pick up views of the famous landmarks of Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III and Bolton Castle, Prison of Mary Queen of Scots. There will be a brief photo opportunity at Aysgarth Water Falls before we head into the unofficial capital of the Dales, Hawes. Here we will enjoy a short stop of approx. 30-40 minutes where you can stretch your legs, explore the town a little and grab a morning coffee in one of the many cafes. Alternatively you may wish to see head to the Wensleydale Creamery and sample the famous cheese. Made in the area since monastic time it is protected by law so it can only be made in the area. They also have a fantastic gift shop full of all thing Yorkshire. From Hawes we head for another scenic drive out of the western edges of the Dales and into Cumbria and the Lake District. Here you will get a brief comfort stop and join the Lake District part of the day. Following Lake Windermere (England’s Longest Lake) the tour heads into the stunning scenery of the Lake District with views of Wray Castle before arriving at Hill Top. Hill top is famed for being where Beatrix Potter penned many of her Peter Rabbit Tales. The House is now part of the National Trust estate and is open to the public. You will have time to see the house (additional £10.50) or if you prefer the gardens to the house are open and free of charge or have a meander through the picturesque village of Sawrey. From here we take a short drive past Esthwaite water and on for Lunch to Hawkshead. This beautiful white washed village is where William Wordsworth was educated. It has a host of cafes and tea rooms and pubs to choose from as well as plenty of shops to buy that important Peter Rabbit souvenir. After Lunch we head to the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows. A tranquil lake surrounded by steep volcanic rock faces and high mountains. Not to be missed.  You will get time to take in the scene and capture a few photos before heading down towards Coniston water and onto catch the ferry for a lake cruise across Lake Windermere. After the Cruise you will have some time to use the facilities and grab a quick drink for re-joining the bus to start the journey home. The Drive back is a direct route back to York skirting the edges of the Yorkshire Dales once more.  

$39.27 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Half-Day Windermere and Lake District winter tour

This tour introduces you to the culture and famous characters of The Lake District. Discover the landscapes and history which has created this UNESCO World Heritage Site you see today.  On leaving the Lakeland village of Windermere the tour heads to the medieval village of Hawkshead, which dates back to the 14th Century and grew to be an important wool trading market. During free time there is the opportunity to explore the village famously linked to William Wordsworth, who attended Hawkshead Grammar School, and children's author Beatrix Potter who lived nearby.  The tour heads onwards to the picturesque tarn of Tarn Hows, where you will have chance to admire the view of the tarn, with the Lakeland Fells as the dramatic backdrop.  On leaving Coniston the tour makes its way through the Yewdale Valley, you may even see a glimpse of Yew Tree Farm which was used in the film Miss Potter as Beatrix Potter's home.  On arrival back at lake Windermere, you will join a Windermere Lake Cruise from Waterhead to Bowness Bay, where you can sit back and enjoy unobstructed views from the lake towards the Langdales. As the tour draws to an end in Bowness Bay we transfer you back to your start point.

$78.54 Day Trips & Excursions

Morning Half Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

This half day tour will take you to all the important places associated with Beatrix Potter in just one morning.  Your morning starts with a visit to Wray Castle for spectacular scenery and lake views. This is the holiday home where Beatrix first visited and fell in love with the landscape and culture of the Lake District. We then visit Near Sawrey. This village features in many of her "little books" illustrations, the Tower Bank Arms is immediately recognisable as the place where Kep, the collie-dog goes looking for the two fox-hound puppies to rescue Jemima Puddle-duck. You will be amazed when you see it, exactly like it is in the book! Hill Top Farm was bought by Beatrix with the profits from publishing Peter Rabbit. She often visited Hill Top and wrote many more books here which were inspired by the people and the places around her in this beautiful part of England. Entrance to the gardens of Hill Top and the House is included in this tour. Close by Hill Top is Esthwaite Water where Beatrix walked while courting her future husband, William Heelis. This was a favourite spot for Beatrix who thought it  "the most beautiful of the Lakes". William Heelis was a solicitor who advised Beatrix about her land purchases. His offices were in Hawkshead village. Today, these offices house the Beatrix Potter Gallery where many of Beatrix's documents are kept, including the copy she made of her original Peter Rabbit letter. The gallery is not included in the tour. Your guide will take you on a short tour of "the most picturesque village in the Lake District" . Beatrix bought a lot of land in the Lake District and owned the beauty spot Tarn Hows, known as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. You have a photo opportunity here and then, after a short scenic drive, Coniston Water comes into view. Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the Lake District and is the straightest. You will have a short stop here to admire the view and see the famous fell of Coniston Old Man towering over the village and the lake. Beautiful scenery which Beatrix knew well. Beatrix also owned a lot of farms in the area and as we travel down the Yewdale Valley back to Ambleside, you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter".Then we head back to your starting point on scenic roads.

$78.54 Day Trips & Excursions

Afternoon Half Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

This half day tour will take you to all the important places associated with Beatrix Potter in just one afternoon.  Your afternoon starts with a visit to Wray Castle for spectacular scenery and lake views. This is the holiday home where Beatrix first visited and fell in love with the landscape and culture of the Lake District. We then visit Near Sawrey. This village features in many of her "little books" illustrations, the Tower Bank Arms is immediately recognisable as the place where Kep, the collie-dog goes looking for the two fox-hound puppies to rescue Jemima Puddle-duck. You will be amazed when you see it, exactly like it is in the book!Hill Top Farm was bought by Beatrix with the profits from publishing Peter Rabbit. She often visited Hill Top and wrote many more books here which were inspired by the people and the places around her in this beautiful part of England. Entrance to the gardens of Hill Top and the House is included in this tour.Close by Hill Top is Esthwaite Water where Beatrix walked while courting her future husband, William Heelis. This was a favourite spot for Beatrix who thought it  "the most beautiful of the Lakes".William Heelis was a solicitor who advised Beatrix about her land purchases. His offices were in Hawkshead village. Today, these offices house the Beatrix Potter Gallery where many of Beatrix's documents are kept, including the copy she made of her original Peter Rabbit letter. The gallery is not included in the tour. Your guide will take you on a short tour of "the most picturesque village in the Lake District" . Beatrix bought a lot of land in the Lake District and owned the beauty spot Tarn Hows, known as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. You have a photo opportunity here and then, after a short scenic drive, Coniston Water comes into view. Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the Lake District and is the straightest. You will have a short stop here to admire the view and see the famous fell of Coniston Old Man towering over the village and the lake. Beautiful scenery which Beatrix knew well.Beatrix also owned a lot of farms in the area and as we travel down the Yewdale Valley back to Ambleside, you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter".Then we head back to your starting point on scenic roads.

$430.69 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Manchester

Day 1: You collect your train ticket at the station and travel from Manchester to Penrith. After arriving in Penrith and meeting your Rabbie’s Guide, we enter the Lake District National Park and travel along the northern shores of Ullswater. This lake is often described as England’s most beautiful lake, and it’s here we give you the chance to take a forest walk and see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and once a lively hub of ancient pagan rituals. You have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you’re dropped off at your accommodation and free to explore the charming town. (**During July/early August this tour stays in Windermere).Day 2: After breakfast, you take in views of Ullswater Lake as we head along country roads to its southern shores. You continue further south and travel over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass towards the lovely Lake Windermere. Here you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or eat lunch while enjoying sublime views of the surrounding scenery. After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water. Your next stop is the picturesque conservation village of Hawkshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After exploring the cosy village, you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There’s free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon, you return to Keswick.Day 3: We pick you up from your accommodation and head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter Pass into the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. You journey along winding lanes, past the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere, and towards the Honister Mountain Pass. Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to visit old slate workings, where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. After refreshments, you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water, where there’s free time for lunch and shopping. Once you’ve eaten lunch, you begin your return journey, heading towards Penrith where you join your comfortable train for your journey back to Manchester or Manchester Airport.  

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