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Beatrix Potter’s Hawkshead and Sawrey Walk


Beatrix Potter bought her first property, Hill Top, in Near Sawrey with the proceeds from the sale of her Peter Rabbit books.  Hill Top is now owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Meet your Guide at the main Car Park at Hawkshead and catch the bus to Near Sawrey.  Walk round the village and to Moss Eccles Tarn looking at sites of scenes from Beatrix Potter's tales and see Castle Cottage, where Beatrix and William Heelis lived.  After the walk there will be an option to visit Hill Top (booking necessary), or possibly to visit the shop and gardens only. Returning to Hawkshead by bus, we can also visit the Beatrix Potter gallery, which is housed in the original Solicitor's office of her husband, William and show-casies her wonderful illustrations for her books and also some of her botanical drawings, A walking tour of the historic market town of Hawkshead can be booked as an optional extra to make this a full day out.  Alternatively, after visiting Near Sawrey, we can walk back to Hawkshead via Moss Eccles tarn and Claife Heights.  This is a moderate walk with fantastic views of the lake and surrounding fells and is well worth the effort.  It takes about 2 hours and is about 3 miles long.

Half day: Bus to Near Sawrey; walk round village looking at sites for illustrations of Beatrix Potter's books, Castle Cottage and Hill Top; optional visit to Hill Top; walk to Moss Eccles tarn, favourite place of Beatrix and William.  Return to village and catch bus back to Hawkshead.  Visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. 

Full day: As above, but including cafe stop in Hawkshead and then a walking tour of the historic town.

Full day: As half day, but walk back to Hawkshead via Moss Eccles tarn and then visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Refreshments can be taken at the Tower Bank Arms in Sawrey before starting the walk back to Hawkshead or you can bring your own picnic/snacks and drinks.

Optional Extras:

Entrance to Hill Top, one of Beatrix Potter’s houses in the Lake District: £8 adult, £4 child, family £20 (National Trust members free)

Entrance to the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead, office of William Heelis: £4.80 adult, £2.40 child, £12 family (National Trust members free)

A reduction is available if both attractions are visited on the same day.

A walking tour of Hawkshead @ £5 extra per person.

Refreshment stops at Tower Bank Arms, Near Sawrey or cafe in Hawkshead

What is Included:

A qualified guide for your trip

Use of maps and safety equipment


What is Excluded:

Transport to and from the start of the trip at Sawrey.

Waterproofs, rucksacks and walking poles - these can be hired for a small fee

Walking boots or shoes - these need to be suitable for summer walking



Up to 5 people £100 for the half day, excluding entrance fees, bus fare, refreshments and Hawkshead town tour.

Per extra person £15

Up to 5 people £150 for the full day

Per extra person £20

Reductions for families