Walk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter today as you follow trails through landscapes which inspired her writing and visit famous sights associated with the famous author. Start by jumping on one of the iconic Windermere ferries across Lake Windermere to Wray Castle. From here, follow easy paths and tracks by the quiet western shore of the lake before heading slightly inland to visit Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter, which she bought with her royalties from the sale of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Visit Moss Eccles Tarn, one of Potter's favourite places for painting, and then continue to Ferry House, where you catch a ferry back over to the other side of the lake. Perhaps enjoy a quick ice cream in Bowness-on-Windermere, before catching the local bus down to Ambleside.
You will finish in Bowness-on-Windermere today, after taking the ferry over from Ferry House. Enjoy dinner here before taking a local bus or taxi back to Ambleside for a change of scenery!
This day involves taking two of the Windermere Ferries. The first is from Ambleside to Wray Castle at the start of the day, and the second is from Ferry House to Bowness-on-Windermere at the end of the day. You can buy a walkers ticket which is valid for both of these ferries. Timetables can be viewed here - https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk/cruises-fares/walkers-ticket.
If for any reason, the ferries are not running it is possible to phone a local taxi - contact Hilltop Taxis on 07979 664472.
Rest StopCuckoo Brow Inn
The Flying Pig
The Magic Roundabout
Check the weather forecast before setting out and listen to advice locals may offer you. When the route follows a road with no footpath remember to walk on the right hand side so you are facing any oncoming traffic.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the OS Explorer Map OL7 - The English Lakes Southeastern Area. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
Tips and hints
Food & Drink
Pubs and cafes at Ambleside, Near Sawrey and Bowness-on-Windermere, as well as a takeaway cafe at Hill Top Farm.
Points of interest
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and tearoom stops. Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.
An amazing Gothic castle on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and attractive grounds to wander around. One of the founders of the National Trust was the vicar of Wray Church, within the Wray Castle Estate and also a mentor of Beatrix Potter.
High Wray Bay
A perfect spot for a picnic, this secluded bay is a great place to stop and watch the world go by!
Claife Viewing Station
An amazing viewing platform with panoramic views of Lake Windermere, which was built in 1790 as the original monument to Lake District tourism. The building originally had windows built into it with coloured glass, and today you can use glass slides on the tower to imagine the views tourists used to have.
The former home of Beatrix Potter, which she bought with her royalties from the sale of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Discover the pretty 17th century farmhouse which is a time capsule of her life, with every room containing a reference to a picture in one of her tales. We recommend booking tickets in advance if you wish to visit as it is very popular!
Moss Eccles Tarn
This pretty little tarn was a favourite place of Beatrix Potter, who used to come here to paint, while her husband went fishing. It's a gentle walk up from Hill Top and gives you even more of an insight into the life of Beatrix Potter.
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly in the Lake District so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Please ensure you have plenty of water and emergency food (energy bars/trail mix) with you at all times. Please also ensure you check in advance of Pubs/cafes and shops opening hours on the day you are due to walk, in the Lake District opening hours are varied and they can be closed on certain days of the week (walking post-Covid19 lockdown restrictions means their opening hours could be even more erratic, so please check to avoid disappointment).