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 and mindfulness for kids with Jo Andrews

Fri 21 Sep 2018
Yoga for kids is a time to reflect on what's important, what matters and how special their uniqueness is while listening to music we love.

Yoga with Jo Andrews

Fri 21 Sep 2018
A weekly class with Jo Andrews to boost your physical and mental wellbeing in a relaxing environment.

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.

Make a Shave Horse

Wed 03 Oct 2018
Make your own shave horse in an evening from greenwood.

Rustic Bench and Stool Making

Wed 07 Nov 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.

Bowl Carving

Sat 10 Nov 2018
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.