Beatrix Potter is much loved in the Lake District for her colourful tales about hedgerow creatures, complete with beautiful watercolour illustrations. This year marks the 110th anniversary of one of Beatrix Potter’s most enduring characters – Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is a hedgehog washerwoman inspired by Beatrix Potter’s own pet hedgehog, after whom the character is named. She lives in a cottage and in the story is visited by a human child, Lucie, who has lost her handkerchiefs. It’s an enchanting old-timey story set on Catbells, a fell in the Lake District and the perfect excuse to visit this beautiful part of the world in 2015.
In her time, Mrs Potter was not only a keen observer of nature but also an enthusiastic conservationist, buying up land to ensure that the Lakes’ natural beauty was preserved. She’s credited with having preserved much of the land that now makes up the Lake District National Park and left a lot of her property to the National Trust when she died.
Her home at Hill Top Farm remains open to the public and is the perfect way to while away a sunny afternoon. It’s full of her knick-knacks and you’ll spot references to pictures from her tales in every room. You’ll also find original sketches and watercolours at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in nearby Hawkshead.
Relax and enjoy your surroundings with a stay at the four-star Borrowdale Gates Hotel, perfectly placed to make the most of the Lake District’s hiking and cycling opportunities. It’s also just a short drive from the charming towns of Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll find the Beatrix Potter visitor centre.