Things to see and do


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

Bowl Carving

Wed 26 Apr 2017
Come and spend a wonderful day at the Footprint with Gareth Thomas hand carving a beautiful bowl, or kneading trough, out of local greenwood.

Adult Hammock Camp with Yoga

Sat 29 Apr 2017
An eclectic 2 days of woodland camping in hammocks, cooking on the fire, with yoga, bushcraft, mindfulness and spoon carving. All set in the beautiful and relaxing Footprint woodland.

Bushcraft Club

Sat 06 May 2017
Come and join us at Bushcraft Club in the beautiful woods at Footprint.

Spoon Carving at the Footprint

Tue 09 May 2017
Come along to the Footprint building and learn to carve a spoon out of greenwood.

Rustic Bench and Stool Making

Wed 17 May 2017
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.

Woodland Explorer Residential

Sat 27 May 2017
An exciting and fun three day residential woodland experience for 8 - 14 yr olds.



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.