Welcome to Footprint

Footprint is a truly inspirational place, where we invite people to step away from their busy lives, spend time outdoors and learn something new.

Upcoming events

Yoga with Carly Harding

Mon 09 Dec 2019
Relax and unwind at weekly yoga sessions with Carly in a calming environment.

Rustic Bench and Stool Making

Wed 11 Dec 2019
Create a rustic greenwood bench or stool using hand tools. Your bench will be ready to take home at the end of the day, and will look fantastic indoors or out.

Wellbeing walk

Fri 20 Dec 2019
Walking in nature can revive us and boost wellbeing. Come and join us for a walk into the quiet forest at the Footprint and find some peace.

Spoon Carving at the Footprint

Sat 01 Feb 2020
Make your own fully functional wooden spoon out of greenwood on a day with Woodmatters.

Bowl Carving

Wed 04 Mar 2020
Come and spend a wonderful day at the Footprint with Gareth and Ro Thomas hand carving your own bowl, or kneading trough, out of local greenwood.



Building the Footprint

Almost 10 years ago, in June 2007 the construction of the Footprint building was completed. It was the first building in Cumbria to be constructed with straw bale walls, and the first of its kind built anywhere by the National Trust. It took a whole community, lots of passion and hard work to make it happen. Here's a time-lapse of the build.

The Footprint Building in Windermere Cumbria

Our first straw bale building 

A bit more detail on the beginnings of the Footprint.