The outstanding landscapes and scenery of the Lake District inspired novelists, storytellers and poets for over two centuries, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Alfred Wainwright and Beatrix Potter. Explore the Lake District through their eyes.
Visit Wray Castle on the western shores of Windermere, where the teenage Beatrix Potter spent her summer holidays
Visit medieval Hawkshead, home to the Beatrix Potter gallery, a 17th-century house where her husband once lived; and the oldest Quaker meeting house in Cumbria.
Visit Hill Top Farm, Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse, which she bought in 1905 with the proceeds of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and is a time capsule of her life.
Explore Tarn Hows, recommended for walkers in Wordsworth’s 1835 guide of the Lake District (it was partially bought by Beatrix Potter in 1930 and left to the National Trust in her will).
Visit Brantwood House, once owned by Victorian artist John Ruskin, on Coniston. Explore the lake that was the setting for Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons and where Donald Campbell set the water speed record in 1967 before his tragic death.
Travel through the beautiful Langdale Valley to Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth for 14 years, and Sarah Nelson’s famous gingerbread shop, which has been in business since 1854. [Note: Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s home, is closed for major repairs until 2020]
An exclusive, private tour with a historian at Armitt Library & Museum in Ambleside. This extraordinary resource was established in 1912 and features first editions and rare books by a host of writers, some of which will be produced for guests to examine.