Discover the rural beauty of England’s largest national park on a 2-day excursion to the Lake District National Park. Experience a pleasing combination of comprehensive sightseeing tours and independent exploration and visit treasured landmarks like Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top house and the quaint village of Hawkshead. Cruise Coniston Water, the park’s third largest lake, and enjoy afternoon tea at the sophisticated Lindeth Howe Country Hotel.
Your tour includes the following; round-trip rail transportation from London Euston to Oxenholme; afternoon tea; overnight accommodation in a 3- or 4-star hotel; and breakfast.
Day 1: London – Oxenholme – Bowness-on-WindermereMake your way to the main ticket office at the Euston Station in central London to collect your round-trip train tickets from your tour representative. Then, board the 8am train to travel independently to Lake District National Park.
Some 3 hours later, arrive in Oxenholme where you disembark and meet your local guide for a ride in an air-conditioned coach. Ogle Cumbria’s peaks and listen to informative commentary as you travel to Coniston Water, the third largest lake in the park. Board a sightseeing boat and enjoy a memorable cruise over this sparkling stretch of water set against rolling hills and the famous Old Man of Coniston fell.
Your next stop is Hill Top, the charming former home of children’s author Beatrix Potter. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the preserved home's quaint rooms and English cottage garden brim with her possessions and writing paraphernalia. Wander around the property, which looks almost the same as when Potter lived there, and visit the National Trust shop to buy souvenirs.
Afterward, visit the medieval village of Hawkshead, one of the Lake District’s prettiest spots. Explore the cobbled streets lined with shops and eateries. Stop in one of the pubs, restaurants or cafés to buy lunch. Continue to Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, another former home of Beatrix Potter, perched on the banks of Lake Windermere. Here, enjoy your included afternoon tea and magical views over the lake.
After delicious refreshments, take a ride to your 3- or 4-star hotel in or around Bowness-on-Windermere for your overnight stay. Enjoy the evening at leisure. For dinner, you might check out at one of Bowness’ many inviting restaurants.
Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel in or around Bowness-on-Windermere
Day 2: Bowness-on-Windermere – Oxenholme – London (B)After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a day free to explore Bowness and Windermere independently.
One way to absorb the full beauty of Lake Windermere is on a cruise aboard a steam-powered vessel. Many of the steamboats and cruisers operate a hop-on, hop-off service so you can visit scenic spots along its shores like Wray Castle or Ambleside. Alternatively, browse Bowness’ shops on a leisurely walk.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a convenient transfer from your hotel back to Oxenholme to catch your return train to London. Your experience concludes at approximately 9:30pm when your train arrives at Euston.