Pottering around the Lakes
2016 marks 150 years since the birth of the renowned author Beatrix Potter, so what better time to explore the iconic landscape which inspired this celebrated writer?
Lakeside Hotel is ideally located on the southern shore of Windermere and is a convenient base to follow in her literary footsteps…
Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead: Start your tour in the chocolate-box village of Hawkshead. The gallery was previously the office of Beatrix Potter’s husband, Willian Heelis, and offers the chance to admire her original drawings and watercolours. You will also learn more about her life as a farmer and conservationist.
Tarn Hows, near Hawkshead: Bought by Beatrix Potter in 1929, this local beauty spot is part of the legacy she left to the National Trust. It was created in the 19th century when 3 smaller bodies of water were joined together and today, the level 1.5 mile walk is perfect for a picnic and a relaxing stroll with some scenic waterside views.
Wray Castle: This mock Gothic Windermere was Beatrix Potter’s holiday home when she visited the Lakes as a teenager and helped cement her lifelong relationship with the Lake District. Complete with turrets, towers and informal grounds, it has an informal family-friendly feel and is a departure from many traditional National Trust properties.
Hill Top, Near Sawrey: No visit to the Lakes would be complete without seeing Beatrix Potter’s original farmhouse at Hill Top, which has been preserved as a time-capsule of her fascinating life and showcases many of her personal treasures, as well as familiar scenes which appear in her books. (Tickets must be booked in advance from the National Trust).
Return to the hotel for a leisurely lunch, before hopping on a Windermere Lake Cruise just outside for a return boat trip to Bowness…
World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness: Round off your stay with an interactive Beatrix Potter experience, as the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction helps to bring her stories to life in 3D. The popular attraction will also be hosting the world premiere of ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ this summer. This new stage show will be showing up to three times a day in July and August.