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

Rustic Bench and Stool Making

Sat 21 Jul 2018
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.

Yoga with Carly Harding

Mon 23 Jul 2018
Relax and unwind at weekly yoga sessions with Carly in a calming environment.

Yoga with Jo andrews

Fri 27 Jul 2018
A weekly class with Jo Andrews to boost your physical and mental wellbeing in a relaxing environment.

Explore what matters woodland retreat

Thu 13 Sep 2018
A two day hammock camping experience that gives you the space and time to pause, reflect and explore what matters to you.

Family Bushcraft Camp

Sat 15 Sep 2018
Two days of fun and memorable experiences. Learn effective fire-lighting and bushcraft skills, build and sleep in your own shelter, greenwood carving skills, campfire cooking, nature walk and storytelling.

Spoon Carving at the Footprint

Wed 03 Oct 2018
Come to a day at the Footprint and learn to carve a spoon out of 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.