Windermere is the bustling town a few miles away from the east side of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. It is a popular base for tourists and walkers, not least for its many shops and tea rooms. Accommodation is plentiful whether in the well-known youth hostel, self-contained accommodation or in one of the many hotels. Due to its popularity, though, it is wise to book ahead. The nearby town Bowness-on-Windermere is situated on the lake and is the point for trips by steamers and launches.
At 19km (12 miles) long, Lake Windermere is England’s largest natural lake. The beauty of the lake and surrounding area have inspired many artists and poets over the centuries and still does today. Poet William Wordsworth lived in nearby Grasmere at the north end of the lake, and Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of the well-loved childrens’ stories, lived at Hill Top Farm which is now owned by the National Trust and is one of the most popular literary shrines in England.
Walk round the gardens and house at the National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole set in 30 acres of beautiful scenery near Lake Windermere. The National Park Authority is responsible for the Lake District and for the well-being of visitors and those who live and work there. Beatrix Potter was a visitor to the house when it was first built.
Visit Hill Top Farm to see exactly how it was when Beatrix Potter lived there. Completely unchanged since she lived in the house, it is now the property of the National Trust. You can almost imagine MrsTiggiwinkle, Peter Rabbit and all her other characters will appear at any minute.