Who’s your favourite Beatrix Potter character? It’s a tough question, as the famous author created so many adorable little creatures, but naturally we’re a little biased. Given the close proximity of Borrowdale Gates to the Newlands Valley – home of the wonderful Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle – it’s no surprise we’re huge fans of the friendly hedgehog washerwoman.
Perhaps you know her story, which was published by Beatrix Potter 110 years ago, back in October 1905. A small child named Lucie happens upon Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s cottage in the Catbells and is invited to stay for tea. She then helps her host deliver fresh laundry to the birds and other animals in the neighbourhood.
The Newlands Valley and surrounding hills were the inspiration for the famous tale, and the book contains beautiful drawings of the local landscape. The fells are awash with hand-built dwellings, rustic pathways and stone walls, and Beatrix Potter managed to capture the magic of the area perfectly in her sketches.
To celebrate the 110th anniversary of The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the Borrowdale Gates Hotel has created a special two-day programme for our guests. This allows you to explore the surrounding hills and valleys, and learn more about the history of the book and Beatrix Potter’s close links to this area.
She spent time in and around Keswick on holiday, particularly at the Lingholm Estate on the edge of Derwent Water. We’d very much like you to follow in her footsteps – to come and explore the wonders of the northern Lakes for yourself. We promise you won’t regret it!