Opening times for 3 December 2023
Asset Opening time Countryside Dawn - Dusk
Footprint is only open to visitors who are booked onto one of our activities or workshops.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Car park is for use of visitors doing pre-booked activity only.
Drop-off point. Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet. Access to woods via steep steps or a medium slope.
Level access to the Footprint building
Drop off point at the front door of the Footprint building.
Access to St Catherine's wood and wider grounds is via steep steps or a medium slope.
Off the A591 to Troutbeck.
Parking: We have a small car park that can park up to 12 cars. Parking is free and only for the use of those booked on to an activity or workshop.
Sat Nav: Use: LA23 1NH
20 minute walk from Windermere train station, via the woods from the bottom of Orrest Head.
Windermere Station 1.5 miles
Services from Windermere Station to Troutbeck Bridge.
Straw-bale building constructed in 2006, providing an educational base for people to reconnect with nature.
Green woodworking and bushcraft courses
Footprint offers a pre-bookable programme of green woodworking and bushcraft courses throughout the year.
Outdoor learning for schools
At Footprint, working alongside our partner Woodmatters, we deliver an exciting programme of outdoor learning sessions. Whatever the weather we can deliver a memorable, fun and inspiring learning experience for KS1 and KS2 groups.
We’re working in partnership with Woodmatters to deliver green woodwork and bushcraft courses at Footprint. Whether it’s learning how to carve a bowl or trying out a Family Bushcraft Camp, our activities at Footprint are designed to help you deepen your connection with nature and learn something new in beautiful surroundings.
Outdoor learning for shools
At Footprint, working alongside our partner Woodmatters, we deliver an exciting programme of outdoor learning sessions. Whatever the weather we can deliver a memorable, fun and inspiring learning experience for KS1 and KS2 groups. All of our sessions are designed with holistic learning in mind and aim to develop the heart, head and hand. A culture of care and respect for ourselves, each other, and the environment is encouraged throughout. To book, call us on 015394 88409 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover the area around Townend, a 17th-century farmhouse a stone's throw from Lake Windermere.
Enjoy a relaxing walk that meanders through the central fells of the Lake District and offers impressive views of Windermere, along with a choice of picnic sites and resting places
This straw bale building was constructed in 2006 and now provides an educational base for people to reconnect with nature and explore the great outdoors in the peaceful St Catherine’s Wood through our programme of activities and workshops. It’s 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's a truly inspirational space. Just walking distance from Windermere, the meadows, woodland and grazed parkland around St Catherine’s Estate are all teeming with wildlife and wild flowers making it the perfect place to get away from it all.
Find out how and why we created the first straw bale building in Cumbria, and how the Footprint building was designed to have as small an ecological footprint as possible.
Find out more about our ongoing work in Windermere, from community tree planting and creating new footpaths to caring for rare breed Albion cattle.