We are pleased to be offering an extended holiday exploring the life of Beatrix Potter – author, landowner and conservationist. Whilst best known for her fabulous range of children’s books which have certainly stood the test of time, Beatrix Potter was also incredibly influential as a landowner in her beloved Lake District. She was a true conservationist, intent on preserving rural life and tradition and she bequeathed several farms to the National Trust to facilitate this. She was a key figure in saving the now iconic Herdwick sheep from extinction – we have a lot to thank her for.
During our stay, we will walk the trails that inspired Beatrix in her writing and learn more about her both as a writer, painter and landowner. We will see some of the farms she owned and the locations that inspired her illustrations. We will walk around Near Sawrey and perhaps take in Tarn Hows, Coniston Water and even Derwent Water. We will certainly visit her home at Hill Top Farm with its lovely garden and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. We will visit the Armitt Museum in Ambleside with a rare opportunity to see some of her botanical watercolours. If you would like to discover more about the woman who created Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck whilst enjoying some classic Lake District walking then do join us on this new adventure.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1 We’ll gather at Glenthorne and, for those who have arrived by 5pm, we’ll go for a short stroll around the village. We’ll meet to discuss our plans for the week before dinner.
Day 2 We’ll visit Hill Top Farm (included) at Near Sawrey, Beatrix’s first property in the Lakes. We’ll see how she lived as it has been kept much as she left it and we’ll stroll through the lovely garden. We’ll hen do a circular walk up to Moss Eccles Tarn, viewing some of the scenery that inspired Beatrix’s paintings and stories.
Day 3 We’ll do a walk around Tarn Hows with some fantastic views of the Coniston fells. We’ll go into Coniston village for coffee and either visit the Ruskin Museum or have a trip on the SY Gondola – a steam yacht that runs on Coniston Water (neither included)
Day 4 We’ll do a walk in the Hawkshead area, taking in Loanthwaite Farms which Beatrix bought in 1936. We’ll visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery to see some of the original paintings for her books (included). We’ll wander round this charming cobblestone village and no doubt find a cafe to visit!
Day 5 We’ll walk from Rydal into Ambleside, going via Under Loughrigg. We’ll visit the Armitt Museum (included) to see some of Beatrix’s beautiful botanical watercolours and some of her personal first edition Peter Rabbit books. We’ll have free time in Ambleside to browse the shops, galleries and cafes.
Day 6 We’ll head to Keswick in the Northern Lakes, where we’ll take the launch (included) to Low Brandelhow and walk along the western shore of Derwent Water. The scenery is stunning and we’ll see “Owl Island” from “The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin”. We can have coffee at Lingholm, a beautiful house on the lakeshore where Beatrix spent a number of holidays and whose vegetable garden she said was the primary inspiration for Mr McGregor’s Garden in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. We’ll take the launch back to Keswick where we’ll have time to browse a few shops before returning to Grasmere.
Day 7 We’ll do a short walk in Grasmere with options to visit Dove Cottage or Allan Banks (NT) (Neither included) before heading for home.
Price includes: 6 nights full board accommodation; all transport to walks; 3 entrance fees to Beatrix Potter attractions. Single ensuite rooms available at a supplement of £10 per night / £15 for double/twin ensuite for single occupancy.