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iconOffered in: English
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Experience the untamed beauty and literary heritage of England’s Lake District on this guided day trip from London, with round-trip rail tickets included. On arrival, explore this epic region by minivan, visiting Lake Windermere, Hawkshead, and Tarn Hows. In summer, enjoy an added visit to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s former farmhouse; a scenic lake cruise, and tea at the famous Lindeth Howe hotel. Upgrade to first class rail tickets for extra comfort.
  • Lake District day trip from London, with round-trip train transport included
  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Lake Windermere to Waterhead, and a lake cruise (if tour taken between April and October)
  • Explore picturesque Hawkshead village, where William Wordsworth once studied
  • Head to Hill Top, the home that inspired many of Beatrix Potter's tales (if tour taken between April and October)
  • Savor a traditional English cream tea at Beatrix Potter’s Lindeth Howe Country Hotel (if tour taken between April and October)
  • Receive a guided tour and cream tea at Rydal Mount and Gardens (if tour taken between November and March)
  • Visit Bowness and choose to visit the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter (if tour taken between November and March)
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Meet your Expert Guide in Oxenholme
Return Rail Journey (Standard or Fist class)
Free Wi-Fi On Board (Train Only)
Return Train tickets (between London Euston and Oxenholme Station (reserved seats)
Culinary Aspect (Cream Tea)
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Euston Rd, London NW1 2RT, UK

Meeting point : Euston Rail Station, Please meet your Evan Evans representative outside the Main Ticket Office Meeting time : 8.00am

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Select standard or first class rail travel when you book. Then, make your own way to London’s Euston Station and board your train for England’s beautiful Lake District National Park, set in the rugged fells of Cumbria.

Disembark at Oxenholme station then meet your friendly local guide and set off on your tour by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. 

Admire the spectacular falls and glassy lakes as you trace the banks of Lake Windermere on route to Waterhead, a favorite childhood haunt of the much-loved, early 20th-century children’s storyteller Beatrix Potter. If you’re taking your tour between April and October, step aboard a sightseeing boat here and enjoy a scenic cruise on this lovely expanse of water.

Next, continue to the enchanting village of Hawkshead, a tangle of cobbled lanes and whitewashed cottages. Enjoy free time to explore independently, and view the Old Grammar School, attended by a young William Wordsworth between 1779 and 1787. Have lunch (own expense) here, and then drive to Tarn Hows, a popular beauty spot famous for its gorgeous lake-and-mountain scenery.

Summer Tour Itinerary (April – October): Leave Tarn Hows for Hill Top, the old-world farmhouse bought by Beatrix Potter in 1905. Show your included ticket and stroll around the charming interior, left as in Beatrix’s time, with much of her furniture still in place. Recognize some of the pieces and features that appeared in her books, and scout around the gift shop and garden.

Afterward, drive to the Lindeth Howe, a hotel set in a Victorian house formerly owned by Beatrix. Savor a delicious cream tea here before a drop-off at Oxenholme for your return trip to Euston.

Winter Tour Itinerary (November – March): After time at Tarn How, venture through the idyllic Yewdale Valley past Skelwith Bridge and Yew Tree Tarn, and stop at Rydal Mount and Gardens, the home of the poet William Wordsworth between 1813 and 1850. 

After a guided tour of the house and garden, followed by a cream tea, visit Bowness, a pretty town on the banks of Lake Windermere. Enjoy free time here, and perhaps visit the award-laden World of Beatrix Potter visitor center (own expense), before reconvening with your guide and driving to Oxenholme to catch your train back to London.
Stop At:  
Lake District National Park
The tour starts in Windermere and heads towards the Langdale Valley, which is filled with heritage and farmland. On route to the Langdale valley you will drive along the famous Lake Windermere and our Driver/Guide will tell you many stories about our wonderful National Park..
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hawkshead is a charming medieval village full of narrow alleys and characterful squares. It is home to a grammar school which was established back in 1585 and where the famous English poet, William Wordsworth went to school. Overlooking the village on a hill, you can also find St Michael and All Angels Church, that has been there since 16th century. Whilst we're talking about Hawkshead we also must mention the delicious Hawkshead Relish Company, which is definitely worth a visit! Hawkshead is a village where you get a real sense of history and it is a great place to explore, which is why we include it in so many of our tours.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hawkshead Grammar School
Hawkshead Grammar School in Hawkshead, Cumbria, England was founded in 1585 by Archbishop Edwin Sandys, of York, who petitioned a charter from Queen Elizabeth I to set up a governing body. The early School taught Latin, Greek and sciences, including arithmetic and geometry.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bowness-on-Windermere is a town in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. Due to its position on the banks of Windermere, the town has become a tourist honeypot. After a busy day exploring, what better way to relax than with an English afternoon cream tea experience at the Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter herself? Afternoon cream tea Enjoy tea and scones, and soak in the views of some of the famous author's favourite countryside that provided the inspiration for her novels.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tarn Hows
You will have time to take in the stunning scenery at Coniston before heading to Tarn How’s. Tarn Hows is another one of the Lake District's hidden gems. It has been the inspiration for many artists and writers and once you visit, you will understand why. After admiring the views, the tour will then take you to the final stop which is a trip to Hawkshead.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Coniston Water
Coniston is a beautiful village which is well known for Coniston Water and Donald Campbell CBE, who broke the world water speed record of 276mph. You might also catch a glimpse of a Steam Yacht Gondala that's a rebuilt Victorian steam powered yacht that offers cruises on Coniston Water.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Windermere
Relax & Enjoy A Scenic Cruise On England's Largest Lake.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake District
Driving through the Langdale’s you will experience some spectacular views, including views of the Langdale Pikes. The Langdale Pikes are iconic and the most easily recognisable peaks in the Lake District. The Langdale’s are where you will usually find many native Herdwick Sheep, as they stroll across road and lay out in the fields, it really is a fantastic photo opportunity.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Unfortunately children under the age of five years cannot be permitted on this tour, as the minivans are not fitted with child safety seats
  • Tour Departs: 8.00am at Euston Station. Meet the Evan Evans Representative outside the main ticket office Tour Finishes: approx. 9.30pm at Euston Station
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note this is an unescorted Tour although you will have a Guide for the Lake District Guided Tour
  • We will make every effort to fulfil any requests you have for seating on the train however this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Evan Evans Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake District Rail Day Trip from London?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Lake District Rail Day Trip from London?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Lake District Rail Day Trip from London?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lake District Rail Day Trip from London?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Would recommend Mountain Goat tour, suggest do first class rail but not on weekends." See review


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A feast for your eyes
, Oct 2021
I’m quite picky about my trips and I can say this one was lovely. Even though there are still some changes from COVID, the directions to get to the train were simple and clear. My tour guide was right there when I arrived in Oxenholme and so friendly! Although it was a rainy day (with rain off and on) it seemed the rain stopped every place we stopped for an experience or just for photos. The Lake District is not to be missed! Such beauty. I also loved the included cream tea at the end at Beatrix Potters house which is now a lovely hotel. Yes it is a very long day, but it didn’t feel like it. I would say our guide Graham was also part of the highlight. So very knowledgeable and friendly.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Melanie, Thank you for the 5* review! Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion about our services. We are glad that our team did not disappoint and we made this trip a memorable one for you. We hope to see you again soon. Sending you our best wishes Evan Evans Team
, Oct 2018
I had to wait for 2 hours approx to start the tour. Called up agent but was communicated that agent is coming but the person came after 2 hours. There is no professionalism in the people operating the tour
An extremely well organized tour - all...
Ian T
, Sep 2018
An extremely well organized tour - all aspects of this tour occurred with clockwork precision. The travel in the Lake District was provided by Mountain Goat Tours with our guide having excellent knowledge of all aspects of the history, culture, geography and life style of the Lake District and the part Beatrix Potter played in that history. A great day.
Booked first class rail on Saturday...
Noel H T
, Sep 2018
Booked first class rail on Saturday. Breakfast -sandwich??, dinner Muffin and cup of tea, no wine??. Comment from Virgin train staff - first class is 'rusbbish' on the weekends' At least in first class we were away from the drunks in stanard class.This train is the London to Glasgow and return so shall we say a wide range of travellers As for the tour - Mountain Goat Tours, Peter our guide was execellent, very knowledgable, took us to all the key locations, lake cruise was good. Would recommend Mountain Goat tour, suggest do first class rail but not on weekends.
I could not take the tour due to...
Tian S
, Aug 2018
I could not take the tour due to work reasons. Called to try and re-schedule and was told not possible. Said that I am happy to pay for my own train tickets and would only like to be taken around by the bus / coach once in Lake District and still told that was not possible. In the end, had to lose the entire amount paid for the tour without a minute of the tour. A
A wonderful day trip from London...
, Jun 2018
A wonderful day trip from London. Clear instructions were provided on the ticket emailed including where to meet a representative from the tour company at Euston Station. The representative was excellent outlining the day trip and what to expect. Upon arrival at Oxenholme railway station, we were met by Peter Fox our tour guide for the day. Peter was very polite, informative, obliging and an excellent driver. The highlights for me were Beatrix Potters home Hilltop, Hawkshead and the cruise on Lake Windermere. Peter ensured we were back in time at Oxenholme to meet our train back to London. A beautiful part of the UK and would highly recommend the tour if you have limited time to visit.
The Lake District is beautiful and a...
Dean M
, Dec 2017
The Lake District is beautiful and a few days there would be fun. But if you do not have that time this tour is a great way to see it. It is very doable in a day. The guide was very nice and full of fun interesting information. I would recommed this tour.
Itinerary was well planned and...
judith p
, Oct 2017
Itinerary was well planned and thoroughly enjoyable. Tour Guide was professional and knowledgeable.
The day in the Lake District was the...
Patricia T
, Oct 2017
The day in the Lake District was the highlight of my trip to England. Everything, from the train trips, being picked up and returned to the station, and the visit to Beatrix Potter's cottage, went without a glitch. It's a long day, but it was thoroughly enjoyable!
Our tour guide, Peter Fox, could not...
Joe B
, Oct 2017
Our tour guide, Peter Fox, could not have been more pleasant and enjoyable.

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