How to get here

By train

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.

By road

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.

By foot

There is an off-road path from the ferry (2 miles), marked along the route.

By ferry

Seasonal service from Bowness Pier 3 (telephone 01539 448600 for details).

By bus

Leave the car behind and take the Cross Lake Shuttle (not NT) from Bowness to Hill Top.

By cycle

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    You can cross from Bowness by boat 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).

    Useful links:

    Cross Lakes Experience (external link)

    Windermere Lake Cruises (external link)

    Try an electric bike

    you can hire an electric bike in this area

    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.

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