New footpath takes visitors off road

Section of the new off-road footpath near Hawkshead, Cumbria
Published : 16 Oct 2017 Last update : 08 Mar 2018

A new path project between Hawkshead and Near Sawrey will give people the opportunity to explore the area on foot or bike, as Beatrix Potter once would have done.

Take a new path

The footpath has been built to provide an alternative route through Far and Near Sawrey to Hawkshead, where walkers and cyclists will be able to get off-road and experience beautiful views across Esthwaite Water and the Coniston Fells.

Partnership project

The project has been funded with help from the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council, Claife Parish Council and the Lake District National Park Authority. The track is scheduled for completion in the New Year and will be another valuable addition to the path network around Hawkshead.

Leave the car at home

The path supports sustainable transport as it allows for safe travel whilst leaving the car at home. Until recently it was difficult to walk or cycle between the villages in the south Lakes; now they are connected through an extensive network, which is accessible all year round.

" These off-road paths are an amazing asset to the local community and economy"
- Paul Farrington, National Trust Area Ranger

Connecting special places

This route is the final link in a chain that connects a number of National Trust places in the south Lakes. This means visitors can now walk for miles off-road starting from Claife Viewing Station on Windermere’s west shore, to Hill Top in Near Sawrey; along to Hawkshead village and the Beatrix Potter Gallery; and finally to Wray Castle, in Low Wray.