Explore Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Beatrix Potter loved to walk, draw and explore the landscape of the Lake District. 2016 is a special milestone for us as it's 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born. Retrace her steps by exploring the places that inspired her most throughout her life. The houses and castles featured open in February and March for you to enjoy from the start of spring. Extract from our spring member’s magazine.

A view out towards hills at Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria

Allan Bank

Allan Bank was home to Canon Rawnsley, Beatrix’s lifelong friend and mentor. To celebrate this friendship, an exhibition at the house will ask visitors what inspires them. Allan Bank still has the atmosphere of a bustling family home, and a lively programme of music and events.

Derwent Water pier with snowy Catbells behind, Borrowdale Cumbria

Derwent Water

Beatrix holidayed on the shores of Derwent Water and set many of her stories here. The locations are recognisable in her tales about Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and Benjamin Bunny. This year, nearby Wordsworth House will display some of Beatrix’s orignal artworks.

View of walkers on the path surrounding Tarn Hows and surrounding landscape, Lake District, Cumbria
Walking trail

Fells and lakes  

You’ll find places across the Lake District where Beatrix loved to walk. Troutbeck Park is a tranquil valley with traditional farms that Beatrix bought and left to the Trust to safeguard them from development. You can also follow our walking trail that takes in Monk Coniston and Tarn Hows.

The front of the mainly 17th-century Hill Top, Sawrey, Cumbria, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of the Peter Rabbit stories

Hill Top

Hill Top is a charming cottage with an English country garden. Inside, you’ll find a time-capsule of Beatrix’s life. Walk from Hill Top to Moss Eccles Tarn, as Beatrix did with her husband William. This year, nearby Hawkshead will be exploring the magic that Beatrix saw in the natural world.

Children playing at Wray Castle

Wray Castle

When the Potter family first holidayed in the Lake District, they stayed in this mock-Gothic castle beside Windermere. The wild landscape fired the imagination of young Beatrix, and it was at Wray Castle that she first met Canon Rawnsley, who inspired her conservation work.

Beatrix Potter as an older woman in the Hill Top garden with one of her sheepdogs

Celebrating Beatrix Potter's anniversary in the Lake District 

2016 marks a special anniversary for us in the Lake District as it's 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born. We’ve got lots to celebrate - see what’s planned and how you can get involved.