Welcome to Hawkshead

Lakeland villages don't come much more perfect than pint-sized Hawkshead, a jumble of whitewashed cottages, cobbled lanes and old pubs lost among bottle-green countryside between Ambleside and Coniston. The village has literary cachet too – Wordsworth went to school here and Beatrix Potter's husband, William Heelis, worked here as a solicitor for many years (his old office is now an art gallery).Cars are banned in... Read More

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$61.05 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

After a midday pickup from your Windermere hotel, travel by minibus into the heart of the stunning Lake District. Upon arrival at Bowness Bay, board a boat for a leisurely 30-minute sightseeing cruise across the beautifully clear Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England.Soak up views of the surrounding green countryside, a pastiche of mountains, woodland and fells. Disembark at Waterhead, at the northern end of the lake.From there, continue on to Hill Top farm, where the beloved author once lived. Beatrix Potter purchased the property in 1905, using the profits from her best-selling and much-adored first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Stroll through the colorful garden, home to various flowers, vegetables, herbs and a wildlife pond. Browse the goods in the shop or if you wish, pay an entrance fee to see the interior of the old 17th-century farmhouse, which remains as it was when Beatrix Potter herself lived there.Afterward, wander through the enchanting medieval village of Hawkshead, which boasts another literary connection: It’s where the great English Romantic poet William Wordsworth attended school. Head onward to Tarn Hows, a scenic, mountainous beauty spot that is among the most photographed places in the Lake District.Later, relax on the drive back to Windermere, where you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodation. Please note: Hill Top house is not open on Fridays.

$254.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

Make your own way to London’s Euston Station, where you’ll pick up your round-trip train ticket and itinerary from a tour host. Should you wish, upgrade to travel in First Class for an even more comfortable ride. Then, board your train and relax on the journey out of the city and into the rolling hills of Cumbria.After around 3.5 hours, arrive in Oxenholme. Meet a local guide, and then set off on your tour of the Lake District, where literary landmarks, hilltop trails, misty mountains and glittering lakes abound.Travel north along Lake Windermere, the largest of the Lake District’s waterways. Gaze out over the still waters and drink in views of the surrounding hills and mountains as you journey toward Waterhead, where much-loved children’s author Beatrix Potter spent many of her school holidays. If your tour takes place between April and October, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the famous Lake Windermere.Next, visit the medieval village of Hawkshead. Enjoy free time to wander the cobbled lanes, and see the Old Grammar School where Romantic poet William Wordsworth once studied. Perhaps recharge with lunch (own expense) at one of the local eateries, and then travel to Tarn Hows, a renowned beauty spot, for sweeping mountain and lake panoramas.Summer ItineraryIf you’ve taken your tour between April and October, continue to Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter dreamed up characters such as Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck. Head inside the 17th-century farmhouse with your included ticket, and explore the rooms and garden independently. The house remains exactly as the author left it, with each room featuring details that appear in her books. Then, continue to Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter, for a delightful cream tea before returning to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.Winter ItineraryAlternatively, if you’ve taken your tour between November and March, continue through the beautiful Yewdale Valley, passing Yew Tree Tarn and Skelwith Bridge, and arrive at Rydal Mount and Gardens, where Wordsworth lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Explore the house and grounds with your guide before savoring a traditional cream tea.Make your final stop at Bowness, where you’ll enjoy free time to visit the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter visitor center (own expense). When the time comes, join back up with your guide and return to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.

$278.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake District Rail Day Tour from London Including Hawkshead

Head to Euston Station for your 2.5-hour train journey to Oxenholme. On arrival you will be met by a local guide and hop aboard a minibus. Head to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse, which retains much of its original character and is crammed with references to her life and stories. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the author used the farmhouse and its surroundings as a source of inspiration for her work. The next stop on the tour is the medieval village of Hawkshead. The area is acknowledged by many as the prettiest village in the Lake District, characterized by its cluster of whitewashed houses and alleyways, cobbled streets, squares, and courtyards of the car-free village center. Next it's time to enjoy the majestic mountain views and beautiful countryside from Tarn Hows, before a scenic cruise on Windermere, the largest lake in England. The afternoon finishes with a cream tea at Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, bought by Beatrix Potter for her mother in 1915. You'll be dropped off at Oxenholme Station in plenty of time to catch your 6:30 p.m return train to London.

$360.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2- Day Rail Trip from London to the Lake District

Discover England's largest national park with guided outings and independent sightseeing. On Day 1, travel by train from London to Oxenholme in Cumbria. When you arrive, join your group on a full-day guided tour around this part of the breathtaking, lake-dotted region. A cruise on Coniston Water, visits to Hill Top and Hawkshead, and afternoon tea at Lindeth Howe Country Hotel are among the highlights of the day. On Day 2, enjoy the sights on your own before you journey back to London using provided train tickets and directions.Your tour includes overnight accommodation at a 3-star or 4-star hotel, as well as afternoon tea on Day 1 and breakfast at your hotel on Day 2. All other food, drinks and activities are at your own expense. The activities suggested for Day 2 below are simply to give you an idea of how to spend your time, but it’s ultimately up to you!Please note: Beatrix Potter's Hill Top House is closed on Fridays. You will visit the shop and Gardens only.

$92.90 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full-Day Tour of Lake District from York

Greet your friendly guide and small group outside York Minster in central York at 8am, and hop aboard your comfortable, climate-controled minibus. You'll break the scenic 2.5-hour journey to the Lake District with a stop at the historic market town of Skipton, about 90 minutes from York. On arrival at the Lake District National Park, you'll change to a new mini-coach and travel through the undulating countryside to Hill Top, the home Beatrix Potter bought in 1905 using monies earned from her debut children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix spent much of her life here, gleaning inspiration from the landscapes and villages for her stories. Wander around the pretty cottage garden, home to an allotment like those featured in many of Beatrix’s tales, and browse the charming gift shop: both garden and shop are free to enter. If you wish, head inside the 17th-century house (own expense) to explore the rooms, which still look pretty much as they did in Beatrix’s day. See her writing desk, furnishings, and personal effects, and learn about her daily life here. (Please note: the house, though not the garden, is often shut on Fridays outside the months of June to August.) Hop back on the mini-coach for the 5-minute drive to Hawkshead, a lovely village famous for its whitewashed cottages and cobbled lanes. Learn how the English poet William Wordsworth was schooled here between 1779 and 1787, and glimpse the old grammar schoolhouse he attended. It's another short hop to Tarn Hows, one of the area’s best-loved beauty spots. Drink in gorgeous views of this tranquil highland lake against a backcloth of rugged peaks. From here, it's half an hour's drive to the scenic lakeside village of Bowness-on-Windermere, where you'll enjoy an included cruise on Lake Windermere, England's largest lake. Capture views of the Langdale Pikes peaks in the distance from the deck, or relax on comfortable seats. Take time to explore the pretty village, perhaps shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying a tea room or country pub, before you head back to York. You'll leave around 5:30pm, returning around 8pm.

$630.37 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Lake District of Beatrix Potter

The tour starts 09:30 with pick up from your hotel or Windermere station. Pick up from Oxenholme station can be arranged on request. In less than 10mins stop for a magnificent and often over looked view of Windermere before visiting the mock gothic building of Wray Castle to explore its connections with Beatrix Potter. We visit Hill Top with plenty of time to enjoy the house and gardens where very little has changed since Beatrix lived here. Beatrix married Wiliam Heelis from the village of Hawkshead and purchased Castle Cottage - your private tour includes an exclusive tour inside Castle Cottage with the current resident with tea in Beatrix Potters sitting room or kitchen.Lunch arrangements are flexible and can be taken after the scenic visit to Tarn Hows and Coniston Water.New for 2017, a cruise on the steam yacht gondola to experience travel how it used to be in Edwardian splendour!Entry fees to Hill Top and cruise fares are payable locally. As this is a private tour there are many alternative options should you not wish to take a cruise.