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The Lake District’s beautiful countryside inspired Beatrix Potter to write her famous series of books. Tales of Peter Rabbit and other characters have entertained audiences for years and a trip to the Lakes wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of Beatrix’s favourite places.

Hilltop Farm

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What better way to follow in the footsteps of this famous author than visiting the Beatrix Potter house? She used this traditional farmhouse as a retreat from the bustle and hustle of London. The setting was a huge inspiration for her stories and the house is left exactly how she wanted it.

Situated near Lake Windermere the house is a short drive away from Hawkshead, Coniston and Bowness-on-Windermere. In peak season, it is necessary to purchase your admission tickets in advance of entering the farmhouse. So once you’ve bought your tickets, why not go for a walk and see if you can spot any of the Beatrix Potter characters, such as Peter Rabbit!

Why not take a 4.5 hour Lake District tour of the locations that inspired Beatrix Potter? Your tour will include a cruise around Lake Windermere and will take you via Hill Top House (entry not included), see more information here.

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The World of Beatrix Potter

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The World of Beatrix Potter is an amazing experience for those wanting to witness the famous characters and stories brought to life. From Jemima Puddle-Duck’s woodland glade to the Peter Rabbit Garden, there is something here for the whole family to enjoy. Located in Bowness-on-Windermere, this attraction is a short drive away from Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and would complete a day of childhood adventure.

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Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead

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This gallery is home to original Beatrix Potter artwork, including both drawings and paintings. It was these illustrations that brought to life many of her stories and images of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, amongst many others, are fondly remembered by many. The gallery itself was once home to William Heelis’ solicitor’s practice, Beatrix’s husband who she married after she bought Hill Top Farm.

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Claife Heights Potter walk

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Located between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water, Claife Heights is the perfect walk for those wanting to follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. The six-mile walk starts from Hill Top Farm and was favoured by Beatrix during her frequent visits to the Lakes.

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Feeling inspired for a Beatrix Potter adventure? Find you perfect Lake District cottage here.

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