There is yet another reason to visit Windermere in the upcoming school holidays.
Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre on the edge of Lake Windermere has created a Beatrix Potter trail through the grounds of the house. Just across the lake is Hill Top, her home for so many years and now owned and maintained by The National Trust. Beatrix Potter’s books and characters continue to be a pleasure for children of all, even adults.
But Beatrix’s ties with Brockhole go further as she was in fact related to the Gaddum family who built the stunning residence in the 1890’s. She visited on many occasions to see her cousin Edith and her husband William who built the house and their children Jim and Molly and also kept in touch by letter especially with the children. It is surprise to hear these letters were beautifully written and included illustrations.
The grounds of Brockhole are full of everything Beatrix Potter loved with nooks and crannies, wildlife and flowers, what a fitting place for a heritage trail based on her life and work. The trail launched in perfect timing for the school summer holiday’s is something exciting and engaging for children to do when on holiday in Windermere this year. As Ruth Suddaby learning co-ordinator of Brockhole says “Given the history, heritage and our unique setting, we are hoping the new trail proves a hit with visitors of all ages. It might help inspire others to follow Beatrix Potter’s lead and become writers, painters and naturalists!”
The villages around Lake Windermere, in particular the western shore which is just a stone’s throw from Hill Top the home of Beatrix Potter, is really geared up for families with so much to see and do. Boredom is not a factor and the paths and lanes are quiet and safe for walking and cycling with young ones. Far Sawrey is one such village and is just a 6 minute walk to Hill Top and easily accessible from the Windermere Ferry across from Bowness. The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn & B&B serves food daily and has 14 bedrooms including family rooms and makes the ideal base.
More details of the trail can be found on the Brockhole website http://www.brockhole.co.uk/attractions/trails-and-orienteering/