Things to do in Troutbeck
The village of Troutbeck is an unusual collection of tiny hamlets along a valley road. Many visitors come to explore Townend, the popular farmhouse that was home to the Browne family, but there’s plenty more to discover in the village, including stained-glass windows by William Morris.
Admire the William Morris stained-glass windows
At the bottom of Troutbeck valley along the Kirkstone Pass is Jesus Church, where the Browne family worshipped. Today you can visit and admire the stained-glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. (Not National Trust).
Enjoy a walk around Troutbeck
Troutbeck is a unique village full of vernacular architecture in an unspoilt valley setting.
Beatrix Potter wrote about how much she enjoyed walking in Troutbeck valley:
'I loved to wander on the Troutbeck Fell… more often I went alone. But never lonely. There was always the company of gentle sheep, and wild flowers, and singing waters.'
– Beatrix Potter, author
Countryside views fit for an American President
Follow in the footsteps of an American President. When Woodrow Wilson visited the Lake District, he stayed in Rydal, climbed Wansfell from Ambleside, and then visited Townend and walked back. He was so impressed with Townend that he wanted to buy it.
For a full day out, follow our Ambleside to Troutbeck walking trail.
Visit the Old Post Office Tea Room
We don’t have a café here at Townend, however The Old Post Office Tea Room (not National Trust) is just down the road and well worth a visit for delicious brews, alongside freshly made paninis, sandwiches and home made soup, delicious cakes and ice-cream. They have free WiFi and are dog friendly.
The tea room is open daily 10am – 4.30pm, except on Tuesdays.
Just who were the Browne family? Discover more about the Townend farmhouse, the family who lived here and their position in society.
Townend is full of fascinating stories. Step back in time to the 17th century and learn more about the Browne family and their lives.
Plan your visit to Townend and book your guided tour. Read this article to find out everything you need to know.