Beatrix Potter's Moss Eccles Tarn walk

Walking trail

This gentle walk leads you up to one of Beatrix Potter's favourite places, Moss Eccles Tarn. This is where she spent time painting, whilst her husband fished. It's a great introduction to the place Beatrix loved the most.

Moss Eccles Tarn in the summer


Map showing the circular route of the Beatrix Potter Moss Eccles walk


Near Sawrey


Turn right at Anvil Cottage and walk past the cottages and houses along Stoney Lane.

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Follow the lane uphill, out of the village.


Walk through the gate, following signs for Claife Heights and Moss Eccles Tarn.

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Reach Moss Eccles Tarn, which you'll see on your left.

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Retrace your steps, until you reach a fork in the path. Take the left hand fork towards Far Sawrey.


Arrive at Far Sawrey, passing the Cuckoo Brow Inn on your right. Turn down the lane on your right towards St Peters Church, sign posted Near Sawrey and Hill Top.


Pass through the farmyard, and continue walking past the white cottages. Before you reach the church, turn right onto the footpath, sign posted for Near Sawrey. Walk through the fields, crossing Wilfin Beck. Follow the footpath back into Near Sawrey village.

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Near Sawrey

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Beatrix Potter's Moss Eccles Tarn walk

Contact us

Call us on 01539 441456.

Beatrix Potter's Moss Eccles Tarn walk

How to get here

Near Sawrey
By road

Take the B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside or the B5285 from Coniston.

Beatrix Potter's Moss Eccles Tarn walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking is limited
  • There is a pub in Near Sawrey