How to get here
The nearest train station is in Windermere, 4½ miles away via vehicle ferry. You can catch a bus from here, see below for more details.
Take the B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside (6 miles), or the B5285 from Coniston (7 miles).
Parking: Our car park is small, so at times it can be difficult to find a space.
There is an off-road path from the ferry (2 miles), marked along the route.
Seasonal service from Bowness Pier 3 (telephone 01539 448600 for details).
Leave the car behind and take the Cross Lake Shuttle (not NT) from Bowness to Hill Top.
Looking for a greener way to visit?
You can cross from Bowness by launch or as a foot passenger on the car ferry (it
will also transport your bike). Take the Mountain Goat minibus which runs between Ferry Landing and Hawkshead with Hill Top en-route, or walk or cycle.
If you'd like to cycle or walk then Hill Top can be an ideal destination with a variety of routes for different abilities. Look out for the public footpath routes - we wouldn't advise walking on the roads as they are narrow, can be busy and have no pavements.
If you're bringing a bike we have a bike rack at the Ticket Office (but note there are no lockers). (external link)
Try an electric bike
With an electric bike, hills are easy!
There's now a network of electric bike hire centres and re-charge points around Hawkshead and Coniston so leaving the car is a realistic option for anyone.