Beatrix Potter Anniversary

A major road which collapsed during Storm Desmond has re-opened ahead of schedule and opens up the 3 mile section of the A591 between Dunmail Raise, North of Grasmere and Thirlmere.

This is fantastic news for the area and opens up the opportunity to visit all the wonderful attractions in this part of the Lake District.

Come and stay at the Borrowdale Gates this summer and see what the North Lakes has to offer.

One of the biggest events of this year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. The National Trust will be hosting a year-long celebration of her life and her contribution to The Lake District. Her legacy continues with conservation.

The Borrowdale Gates Hotel is situated very close to her beloved Derwent Water, the home of Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Benjamin Bunny.

Beatrix Potter spent many long summers at the holiday homes her family rented on the western shores of Derwent Water for ten years between 1885 and 1907. Her Derwent Water sketchbook dates from 1903 and is filled with drawings and water colour sketches. Her illustrations are close observations of the landscapes she adored and were a great inspiration for three of her most famous books.

What Beatrix Potter found to enjoy in the North Lakes can still be enjoyed today from Derwentwater’s lakeshore, in the woodland around Lingholm and Fawe Park and in the shadow of Catbells in the beautiful Newlands Valley.
Beatrix Potters legacy has given more to the Lake Distrct than just her books. In later life she became a substantial landowner and farmer of Herdwick sheep. She was a lifelong friend of the Rawnsley family. It was Canon Hardwick Rawnsley, vicar of Wray and Crosthwaite, who helped establish the National Trust and found in Beatrix Potter a supporter.

When she died in 1943 her 14 farms, 4,000 acres of land and livestock were left to the National Trust. She stipulated in her will that the farms she left to the Trust should be let at a moderate rent, and that the landlords flocks of sheep should be pure Herdwick in breed. She was the first woman to be elected president – designate of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association which continues to flourish.

Lovers of her books will enjoy a visit to her house for 30 years, Hill Top near Sawrey. Sawrey is about 25 miles from Keswick and can be combined with a visit to The World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness on Windermere, a 45 minute drive from Keswick.
An exclusive after hours tour of hill Top is perfect for Beatrix Potter Fans. A chance to have exclusive access to the house and see items from the collection. Booking essential. 2nd June, 1st September and 6th October from 5 – 6.30pm.

Peter Rabbit and Friends, 17 Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5BS – Keswick shop, which trades as Peter Rabbit and Friends™, can be found on Lake Road, one of the busiest pedestrianised streets in the town. Keswick stocks the largest range of Thomas the Tank products in the Lake District and beyond, many gifts from The Gruffalo range and popular Peppa Pig products, as well Peter Rabbit presents and collectables.