Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter

Two Bad Mice book at Hill Top, near Sawrey, Cumbria

Whilst you're in the heart of Beatrix Potter's favourite area, you can visit some of her most beloved places that inspired her life's work.

Hill Top

After your visit to Tarn Hows, once owned by Beatrix Potter, head to Hill Top, in the characterful village of Near Sawrey. Hill Top was Beatrix Potter's beloved farmhouse and her sanctuary. Filled with her personal possessions, including traditional Lakeland furniture and trophies for her prize-winning Herdwick sheep, the house is a true reminder of Beatrix's legacy. 

Hill Top sits above the village of Near Sawrey
Hill Top house with woods and fells in the background, Cumbria
Hill Top sits above the village of Near Sawrey

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Complete your day with a visit to the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, where Beatrix's original artwork and items from the collection are on display.   

The Beatrix Potter Gallery is one of Hawkshead's most characterful buildings
Exterior of the Beatrix Potter Gallery Hawkshead Cumbria
The Beatrix Potter Gallery is one of Hawkshead's most characterful buildings

This is a unique chance to get up close to Beatrix's miniature masterpieces in the surroundings that inspired them. 

Claife Viewing Station 

Continue the outdoor fun and find the best photo opportunities at Claife Viewing Station, an atmospheric ruin on the west shore of Windermere. The viewing platform gives panoramic lake views through coloured panels and the café serves freshly made food to refuel you for your next leg. 

Wray Castle 

From Claife Viewing Station, walk, or take a Windermere Lake Cruise boat, along the lakeshore to Wray Castle, which boasts fantastic views of the islands and distant fells.

It was here Beatrix Potter first stayed in the Lake District, when on holiday with her family, aged just 16. While staying at the Castle she met Hardwick Rawnsley who became a life-long friend and mentor. He encouraged her to follow her love of nature and writing and helped her get her first work published.

Beatrix Potter met Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founding members of the National Trust, whilst staying at Wray Castle
The Potter family at Wray Castle
Beatrix Potter met Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founding members of the National Trust, whilst staying at Wray Castle

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