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Beatrix Potter Day Out

Discover the magical highlights of Beatrix Potter's Lake District for yourself. We have included accommodation, which were favourites of Beatrix.

Morning

After a comfortable night at Lindeth Howe Hotel which Beatrix Potter and her family rented as a holiday home, year after year.
So now, let's start at one of the best and most popular family attraction's in the Lake District - The World of Beatix Potter, in Bowness on Windermere.
Until 2 Nov, why not have a really different day out by using the Cross Lakes Experience and catch the special ferry from Pier 3 at Bowness and then the Mountain Goat 525 bus which meets the ferry? You can get dropped off right at Hill Top at Near Sawrey too and visit one of the world's most famous literary homes and the setting for many of Beatrix's stories.
The Dining Room at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
The World of Beatrix Potter
Shop at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
 

Lunch

Just around the corner from Hill Top Farm is Tower Bank Arms pub. The Tower Bank Arms is featured in The Tales Of Jemima Puddleduck. You will find comfort with friendly professional service, quality fresh food and an extensive selection of traditional local ales and organic soft drinks and wines. Children welcome too.
 

Afternoon

From Hill Top, head north towards the honey pot village of Hawkshead. You can also catch the Mountain Goat 525 from Hill Top and onwards to Hawkshead and wander around this higgledy - piggledy place, which dates back to the 17th century. Visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which was the solicitor's office of her husband, William Heelis. Beatrix loved this pretty Lakeland village.
From Hawkshead head north towards Ambleside, take a left and go up to the peaceful Tarn Hows. This beautiful tarn is surounded by a variety of trees and wildlife, Beatrix fell in love and bought it. Today it is owned by the National Trust who have provided a series of delightful walks around the tarn.
Hawkshead
 

Evening

For your evening stop, head over into the Coniston Valley. Yew Tree Farm was saved from the threat of developers when in 1930 Beatrix Potter purchased it as part of the large Monk Coniston Estate. This is the farm featured in the Beatrix Potter movie. Yew Tree Farm offers a special bed and breakfast experience in this historic farmhouse. Original oak features throughout, cosy and comfortable.
Yew Tree Farm

 

Morning: The Dining Room at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Address

Lindeth Drive
Bowness-on-Windermere
Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 3JF

Contact Details

Tel: 015394 45759
Lindeth Howe is a relaxing retreat inviting you to enjoy a fabulous dining experience and a value for money wine list, to cater for your every need. Whether you choose to dine with us or simply take morning coffee or afternoon tea you can be assured we provide only the best locally sourced produce and the finest seasonal ingredients which had given the hotel its well earned reputation including two AA Rosettes. For further information visit: www.lindeth-howe.co.uk

Directions

From Bowness pier head, south along A592 for 0.5 mile. Turn left up Longtail Hill for 250yds. Hotel sign on the right.

Prices and opening

Open all the time. Order taken from 19.00-20.30, 21.00 Fri & Sat.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesOrder taken from 19.00-20.30, 21.00 Fri & Sat.
 

Morning: The World of Beatrix Potter

Address

The Old Laundry
Crag Brow
Bowness-on-Windermere
Windermere, Cumbria
LA23 3BX

Contact Details

Tel: 0844 504 1233
The World of Beatrix Potterâ„¢ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life, recreating the beautiful Lake District countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells. There's chance to meet your favourite characters including Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Visitors can step into Peter Rabbit's Garden to see the cos lettuces that Benjamin Bunny nibbled on and the gooseberry bush where Peter got caught in a net as he tried to escape Mr. McGregor! There's plenty to do to keep everybody happy: kids can explore with a free activity booklet and play puzzles and games whilst adults reminisce and absorb themselves in Miss Potter's history in the fascinating virtual world and interactive area. There's also a superb themed family friendly café where you can treat yourself to a scrumptious High Tea and a Peter Rabbit Picnic Basket for the kids. On the menu too are delicious fresh soups and salads with ingredients grown in our very own kitchen garden. And don't forget you can take a bit of Beatrix Potter magic home with you at the end of the day from our famous gift shop. With plenty of great events to take part in through the year, a fun time is guaranteed whatever the weather! For further information visit: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com

Directions

In the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, just off Lake Road.

By Train: connect to the Lakes Line at Oxenholme Station and travel on to Bowness-on-Windermere. Alight at Windermere and take the 25 min walk to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Prices and opening

Adult £6.95
Senior £5.95
Child £3.65
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £18.50

Annual Family freedom pass £30

Discounts available for groups of 15+
Free garden tours available to Groups & Schools

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesClosed Christmas Day.
 

Morning: Shop at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Address

Near Sawrey
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0LF

Contact Details

Tel: 015394 36269
In Hill Top shop you'll find a great range of Beatrix Potter soft toys, books and other lovely gifts which delight our visitors young and old alike. All your favourites are here - Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs Tiggywinkle, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher and more. For further information visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hilltop

Directions

By Bus: Bus is probably one of the easiest ways to get to Hill Top. There is also a regular service (505) from Coniston, or Ambleside, with some buses going on to Windermere. If you are coming from Windermere or Bowness you can cruise or catch the Ferry across the Lake then the seasonal bus link (from the beginning of April through to the end of October) between Ferry House and Hill Top.

By Boat: The Windermere ferry between Bowness and Ferry House offers a low-cost, frequent and scenic link to Hill Top for visitors based in the Bowness and Windermere area. The footpath from Ferry House to Hill Top is comprehensively signed. The Cross Lakes Experience provides a package via Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness to Hill Top using boat and bus.

By Bike: Hill Top is a short and relatively quiet ride down country lanes from Hawkshead, where cycle hire is available from the village post office or via bridleways from Ferry house.
There are cycle parking racks near the visitor ticket office.

On Foot: There are numerous footpaths and bridleways in the vicinity for you to explore including a direct off-road link from Ferry House.

By Car: B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside, 6 miles, B5285 from Coniston, 7 miles. The roads are narrow and can be very busy, please allow extra time to park during peak times.

Prices and opening

Free entry to shop.

Adults £10.00, child £5.00, family £25.00. National Trust members free.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesLast admission 30 minutes before closing.
 

Afternoon: Hawkshead

Address

Cumbria
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Contact Details

Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. Today Hawkshead, with its car-free village centre, is the perfect place for the visitor to experience the 'real' Lake District. The cobbled streets, squares and courtyards of much of Hawkshead and the beautiful whitewashed cottages, topped with local Lakeland slate, give this little place a magical feel. Hawkshead is steeped in history and heritage ranging from the ruins of Hawkshead Hall, built by Medieval monks, the 15thC St Michael's Parish church and court house to later buildings such as the grammar school, 1855, which William Wordsworth famously attended. The village also features a Beatrix Potter gallery, Hawkshead being only 3.2 km from Hill Top at Near Sawrey where Potter wrote many of her books. The scenery surrounding Hawkshead is some of the finest in the Lake District with Grizedale Forest to the south, Lake Windermere to the east and Lake Coniston to the west, as well as the fine moorland encircling much of the area around Hawkshead. Hawkshead also offers many shopping opportunities with items for sale ranging from souvenirs to climbing and walking paraphernalia.
 

Evening: Yew Tree Farm

Address

Coniston
Cumbria
LA21 8DP

Contact Details

Tel: 015394 41433
In 1933 during hard economic times, Beatrix Potter helped the Tenants of Yew Tree Farm set up a tea room by furnishing the 'parlour' of the house with furniture from her own collection. Walkers and cyclists are welcome for tea, coffee and a selection of light refreshments. Parking is only available for people with disabilities and pre-arranged groups. The tearoom is ideally situated to be used for a circular walk.

Enjoy as part of the Drive Less, See More Challenge Week For further information visit: www.yewtree-farm.com

Directions

Set back from A593 two miles from Coniston and five miles from Ambleside. This is a walkers/cyclists tea room with no parking on site. Parking available at Glen Mary car park, Shepherd's Bridge, Tarn Hows or Coniston and then walk.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesOpen 11:00 - 16:00 everyday in most school holidays. The rest of the year we are open at weekends only from 11:00 until 16:00.