Beatrix Potter’s Lake District Grade: Very Leisurely
Beatrix Potter was not only a talented author and illustrator, she was also a landowner, farmer and champion of the local Herdwick sheep breed. She drew inspiration from her surroundings and we will explore the places she knew and loved on this Lake District holiday. The break combines easy walking, with vistis to Hill Top farm and some of the galleries which explore Beatrix Potter’s life and art. Whilst mostly known for her little childrens’ books about Peter Rabbit and friends, she had many other talents and interests, particularly in the conservation of the countryside and traditional Lakeland farming.
Itinerary (subject to change)
We’ll gather at Glenthorne Guest House in Grasmere, hopefully in time for tea and home made cakes in the lovely garden surrounded by the lakeland fells. We may go for a short orientation stroll around the village before dinner.
We go by taxi to the village of Near Sawrey where we will visit Hill Top, the house Beatrix Potter bought following the publication of her first book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. (Entry included). We will then do a circular walk to Moss Eccles tarn which Beatrix owned – a great spot for lunch.
We go by taxi to Tarn Hows and walk around the tarn taking in the beautiful mountain scenery. Then we go by taxi into the village of Coniston, maybe visit a cafe and the Ruskin museum. There is the option to take a trip on Coniston Water in the Gondola steam yacht. (Entry to activities in Coniston are optional and therefore not included)
We go by taxi to the village of Hawkshead. We do a circular walk taking in some of the farms once owned by Beatrix Potter. We will visit the Beatrix Potter gallery and see some of her original illustrations for her books. Hawkshead is a lovely village to wander round with many cafes and interesting shops. (Entry to Gallery included)
We will take the bus to Rydal and have a look around there and maybe enjoy a coffee by the stream. Then we’ll walk via Under Loughrigg into Ambleside where we will visit the Armitt Museum. The Beatrix Potter exhibition contains some of her personal first editions of the Peter Rabbit books as well as her botanical paintings. Ambleside has many outdoor shops, galleries and cafes to keep us busy before we return by bus to Grasmere.(Entry to the Armitt museum included)
We’ll take the bus to Keswick then the boat launch on Derwent Water to High Brandelhow. We’ll walk along the western shore of the lake stopping off at Lingholm where Beatrix Potter used to holiday when she lived in London. Inspiration for some of her characters and settings came from this area.
We will have a short walk in Grasmere or some people may wish to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or the National Trust property and gardens of Allan Bank.