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The many lives of Beatrix Potter Full Day All-Inclusive tour

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    Stop At: Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA England

    Your first stop is at Wray Castle and takes you back in time to when Beatrix Potter was a teenager on holiday in 1882. The usual holiday home, rented for the summer in Scotland, was unavailable and so Beatrix persuaded her parents to take Wray Castle on the shores of Lake Windermere for the summer. It was here that Beatrix spent her 16th birthday, met Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley, one of the three founding members of The National Trust, and started her lifelong love of the area. This was where it all began for her. Your guide will explain the significance of Wray Castle in Beatrix's life and the people that she met there.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0LF England

    After admiring the beauty of the Lakeland fells, tumbling to the lake shore across the sweeping vista of the grounds of the castle we now move on to your next destination via the steep and twisty, narrow Lakeland roads set in the charming pastoral landscape, to Beatrix Potter's home in Near Sawrey.
    On arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the village pointing out all of the places that Beatrix knew and used in her illustrations for the famous books. At the end of the village you will arrive at Hill Top, a 17th century farmhouse which was the home of Beatrix Potter. Your entry to Hill Top and Gardens is included in your tour. Beatrix wrote many of her famous children's stories in this little house. Characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here, and the books contain many pictures based on the house and garden. You will have plenty of time to visit the house, gardens and gift shop before moving on to your next destination. Entry to Hill Top is included.

    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Pass By: Esthwaite water trout fishery, The Boathouse Ridding Wood, Hawkshead, Ambleside England

    A scenic drive will take you past the beautiful Esthwaite Water, so admired by both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. It was probably a combination of Moss Eccles Tarn with its water lillies, and Esthwaite Water that served as the inspiration for the home of her tale of a frog who lives in a "slippy-sloppy" house at the edge of a pond in The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher.

    Stop At: Beatrix Potter Gallery Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS England

    Moving on through the sublime countryside, you arrive for an early lunch in Hawkshead, "the prettiest village in the Lake District". Your guide will take you on a short guided walk around the village and then take you into the the Beatrix Potter Gallery where you will be able to see original Beatrix Potter manuscripts and illustrations. You will then have time for lunch and to explore the village at your own pace. Entry to the Beatrix Potter Gallery is included in the price of this tour.

    Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

    Stop At: Hawkshead Grammar School, Hawkshead, Ambleside England

    The Grammar School is one place you may wish to visit during your time in Hawkshead Village.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ England

    After lunch, a short drive up Hawkshead Hill leads us on to the next destination of your tour, the beautiful Tarn Hows. The land and farms around were part of the considerable Monk Coniston Estate which was bought by Beatrix Potter and eventually sold or bequeathed to The National Trust so that the landscape and its unique way of life would be preserved forever. Your guide will point out features of interest and explain more about the life of Beatrix Potter as a farmer and conservationist. You will have an opportunity to take a short walk to the Tarn before we drive along a steep, spectacular and narrow road, deep into the Yewdale Valley.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Coniston Water, Coniston England

    Yewdale, once part of the Monk Coniston estate, and bounded by steep, craggy fells, offers the visitor some stunning scenery. Our road through the valley offers us a view down on to Yew Tree Farm which was the location for the 2006 film Miss Potter. The road falls steeply downhill, so narrow that it is one way, for no other vehicle could pass without tumbling to their doom, and takes us through enchanted, shaded woodland. Emerging on to a more major road opposite Monk Coniston Hall. On the shore of Coniston Water, we stop to take in the view. From here we follow the lake shore until we are on the edge of the village before plunging back into the Yewdale Valley.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Armitt Museum, Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BL England

    We are now on our way to your next destination but before arrive, the road takes us right past Yew Tree Farm once owned by Beatrix Potter, with its rare spinning gallery. The farms in this area, all owned by Beatrix Potter were where she, and her tenant farmers, bred her beloved Herdwick sheep. You will have a quick stop to snap some pictures.
    We continue our drive back to the town of Ambleside where your guide will take you into the Armitt Library & Museum to see another aspect of Beatrix Potter's life, that of the scientific researcher and illustrator. Your entry to the Armitt Library & Museum is included in the tour. Here you will see fascinating insights into Beatrix's interest in mycology as a young woman illustrated by her stunningly detailed and beautiful illustrations which she bequeathed to the library in her will. You can also see the other museum exhibitions and browse the reference library full of rare and interesting books. This concludes the tour and so your driver will then take you to your drop-off points.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Bridge House Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN England

    Get to see the famous Bridge House as we drive through Ambleside
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    Reviewed 6 July 2019 via mobile

    The guide had alot of good info, not just repeating a load of things. Thoroughly enjoyed all the venues.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank RuthWaWa
    englishlakestours, Manager at English Lake District Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2019

    We are pleased that you enjoyed all the places we visit on this tour. Our guides put a lot of effort into their ongoing research that enables them to give you a lot of information about the people and places we visit.

    Reviewed 12 June 2019 via mobile

    What an in-depth tour! Tim was a very knowledgeable, exceptional guide who connected all of this fascinating woman’s life and philosophies based in the beautiful Lake District. Had no worries at all, no stresses—-only lovely surprises and artwork far beyond just her “little books.” Ask...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Barb G
    englishlakestours, Manager at English Lake District Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2019

    So many people think that Beatrix Potter is just about the "little books" but there is so much more to the lady as you have discovered on our tour! She is so important to the Lake District that we really love showing visitors the many...More

    Reviewed 5 June 2019

    This review is long over due because I went on Tim and Gillian's tour back in April at the beginning of the season. And because it was so early, I was the only one who had booked the tour for that day, but they were...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    englishlakestours, Manager at English Lake District Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2019

    It always amazes visitors when they see the pictures in the "little books" are actually painted from life and these places really exist. We always love to visit the locations and show our visitors Beatrix's paintings in her books to compare them with. Beatrix's life...More

    Reviewed 1 June 2019

    Tim and Gillian were excellent guides, informative, friendly and helpful. They provided an interesting and entertaining day out and took care of all the details like entry tickets, navigating narrow roads and parking in a busy tourist spot so I could relax and enjoy the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Brisbane42
    englishlakestours, Manager at English Lake District Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2019

    One of the big advantages with small group tours is that we can tailor the experience to the individuals who are traveling with us. We realise that many guests have come a long way and we always want them to get the maximum out of...More

    Reviewed 22 May 2019

    Gillian and Tim did a great job showing us around the Lake District and all the wonderful places that Beatrix Potter experienced. Gillian’s librarian background showed in the depth of information she provided us and really added a lot to the tour experience. I would...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank TXCheesehead66
    englishlakestours, Manager at English Lake District Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2019

    Thank you for your nice review. Gillian spends a lot of time researching the life of Beatrix Potter so she can pass on that knowledge as we visit important locations in the Beatrix Potter story and put her life into proper context. We are glad...More

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