Cross Lakes Experience

For Bowness, Claife, Hilltop and Hawkshead

Cross Lakes Experience service 525

The Cross Lakes Experience is back for 2024, running until 3rd November 2024, Saturday to Thursday school term time and Daily through the school holidays. It links Ferry House, which can be reached by the Windermere Ferry with Hilltop, former home of Beatrix Potter, and the pretty village of Hawkshead.

Supported by National Trust it is operated by Mountain Goat. For timetable details go to the Mountain Goat website.

Other ways to reach Hilltop

You can catch a Stagecoach 505 bus to Hawkshead and walk along the mainly off road trail to Hilltop (3km/1.9miles), or catch the Windermere Ferry from Bowness (Ferry Nab) to Ferry House and walk to Hilltop (2.5km/1.6miles). Or why not hire a bike to explore the area?


  • Boots: Stroll over Claife Heights or catch the bus  from Ferry House to Hilltop then walk back down on the off road path.
  • Bikes: Hire one in Hawkshead or Bowness.
  • Boats: Take a cruise on Windermere.
  • Bus: Stagecoach 505 to Hawkshead, 599 to Bowness.
  • Places to visit: Include Beatrix Potter's former home at Hilltop, Claife Viewing Station and the picturesque village of Hawkshead with a range of shops and eateries and the Beatrix Potter Gallery.