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

Yoga with Carly Harding

Fri 21 Oct 2016
Carly provides an inclusive and non-intimidating environment with a maximum class size of 15 people. Everyone welcome from complete beginners to experienced Yogis and Yoginis.

Music Soup

Fri 21 Oct 2016
Music Soup: Soup is the new Jam! Guided group improvisation for all abilities using the wonderful 'Lifemusic' approach.

Pilates with Libby Dixon

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Be supple and strong in 2016 - develop core and back strength and be more agile, help prevent injury and increase sports performance.

Bushcraft Club

Sat 05 Nov 2016
Come and join us at Bushcraft Club in the beautiful woods at Footprint.

Bowl Carving

Sun 13 Nov 2016
Come and spend a wonderful day at the Footprint with Gareth Thomas hand carving a beautiful bowl, or kneading trough, out of local greenwood.

Rustic Bench and Stool Making

Wed 23 Nov 2016
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.



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.