Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead:
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.
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.