On the Trail of Beatrix Potter Cycle Tour
4 day/3 night
Windermere or Bowness
Guest House or Small Hotel
Bed and Breakfast
£225 per person - Check Availability
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Explore the countryside that inspired Wordsworth and gave life to Beatrix Potter’s charming story-book characters.
Arrival - Day 1
We suggest you catch the train to Windermere and arrive early evening for your first night's accommodation. Our Country Lanes cycle centre is located at Windermere railway station and your accommodation is a short walk away in the town at the heart of the Lake District. The next morning, at a time that suits you, simply make your way to the Cycle Centre to pick up your cycling equipment. We’re open from 09.00 to 17.00 every day. A Country Lanes rep will introduce you to your bicycles and accessories and review the rules for safe cycling. They’ll also explain how to read our route sheets and provide you with a set of Ordnance Survey maps for your self-guided tour.
Day 2 - 10 or 17 miles
You’ll start your Lake District break by ferrying across Lake Windermere and pedalling along the shore where you’ll get fabulous views of the lake and the surrounding fells. The route continues to the picturesque village of Hawkshead, an ideal place to stop for lunch and visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery Museum, which displays original illustrations from her famous storybooks. Then it’s on to Hill Top her home which is kept exactly as she left it by the National Trust.
Day 3 - 17 or 21 miles
Freewheel into Bowness-on-Windermere, Lakeland’s boating centre and then sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery during the 45 minute cruise to Lakeside at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Cartmel Priory, dating back to the 13th C provides fascination for history buffs and gardening enthusiasts will want to linger at Holker Hall. For an off-road challenge, Grizedale Forest is within easy reach. Whatever your choice, you’re in for a lazy day at Lakeside before the scenic return cruise to Bowness and short cycle back to Windermere.
Day 4 - 16 or 20 miles
Today you’ll explore the scenic area to the south of Windermere taking in Crosthwaite and Knipe Tarn. After a steep climb (walking is allowed!) you’re rewarded with panoramic views stretching as far as Yorkshire Dales National Park. Traffic-free bridleways and a glimpse of the sea in the distance provide a total escape. Challenge-seekers will enjoy the Strawberry Bank option with its up-valley climb and descent through woodland to a ford, with a footbridge for those not wanting to get their feet wet.
Return your biking equipment to the Country Lanes Cycle Centre prior to your onward journey.
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