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A history of Beatrix Potter

A little info about the Beatrix Potter Trail

A very rewarding mountain bike trail round Lake Windermere and over the forest covered fells of Claife Heights through the villages of Sawrey and Hawkshead , to see the influences behind Beatrix Potter such as four very memorable bunnie rabbits Peter Rabbit, Mopsy, Flopsy, Cottontail & Jeremy Fisher. The Beatrix Potter mountain bike route can be as long or as short as you want , maybe even include the Lake Windermere ferry on your Beatrix Potter bike trail there is one short but steep climb and a number of rough boggy sections ideal for a muddy mess, if your not feeling like mountain biking, why not hike?

Beatrix Potter Mountain bike route

To fully motivate you we recommend starting the mountain bike route at The World of Beatrix Potter™ near the centre of Bowness. The actual Beatrix Potter exhibition in Windermere gives a real insight into the life and times of Beatrix Potter. Head South past the church down to the lake Windermere shore and windermere ferry piers situated in Bowness. To add an unforgettable element to the trail, why not use the Windermere ferry?

Follow the minor road round the Glebe, join the footpath that goes round Cockshott Point (This property was bought by Beatrix Potter to prevent building which would ruin a great part of the Lake District and provide public with lakeside access in Bowness - donated by her to the National Trust) and is followed round the side of Lake Windermere to the car ferry access road. Head West take the windermere ferry to Ferry Nab.

Once at Ferry Nab head down the road for 350m to the start of a path in the car park follow the path as it climbs steeply through the forest to a viewing point, which gives amazing views up and down Lake Windermere. The viewing station trail is followed NW across the side of Mitchell Knotts to emerge from the woodland area on old lane head down the lane to a junction, turn Left and follow the lane South West then South into Far Sawrey.

At Far Sawrey turn R onto the road and follow it NW for 100m to a junction. Turn L and follow this road past the houses and on towards the church at Town End, head North West across a pasture towards the road near Near Sawrey take the permissive path into Near Sawrey.

The area Hill Top near to Lake Windermere is well worth visiting as is the Tower Bank Arms these are located in the centre. Head from the village towards B5285 NW a short distance to a junction. Turn Left and follow the minor road S for 400m to another junction this is Pigling Bland corner.

Take the Right branch heading round the bottom of Esthwaite Water (the famous setting for Beatrix Potters Jeremy Fisher) this joins the road on the west side of Lake Windermere, follow North to Hawkshead (famous setting for Beatrix Potters Johnny Townmouse and home of Beatrix Potter Gallery).

Take the Left branch and follow it South for 1km and take the footpath North North East through Castle Wood and Hawkshead Flats, rejoin the trail on the East side of Near Sawrey. To finish retrace your steps over Claife Heights or follow the B5285 E.

Then take the Lake windermere ferry back to Bowness on Windermere.

A really great way to see the influences behind Beatrix Potter & explore the beauty of the Lake District.

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