Near and Far Sawrey
This low level walk is in the heart of Beatrix Potter country. From the small village of Far Sawrey, we approach Near Sawrey, the site of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's most famous home (now open to the public). From there we climb up into the hills west of Windermere to visit Moss Eccles Tarn, once owned by the Potter estate, and a hint of wildness on this gentle walk.
Tarn Hows is a man-made, stunning beauty spot. In Victorian times, a beck was dammed, creating the tarns you see today. The Hows are the surrounding small, wooded hills.
From the main car park, turn right and take the obvious track down towards the tarn. The circuit can be done either clockwise or anti-clockwise. The path surface is made up of smooth, compact stone and dust, and provides a smooth ride for wheelchair and pushchair users. However, there are some short sections with gradients steeper than 1:10.
The scenery is stunning and there are plenty of benches and rest places to take it all in. Look over to the Coniston hills and Langdale Pikes, which form the backdrop to this spectacular corner of the Lake District.
There is another shorter walk for wheelchair users. Park in the disabled parking area and follow the good track for 400 metres to a bench and viewpoint. You need to return at this point.
Hawkshead to Latterbarrow via Fishpond Wood
The slim monument cairn on the summit of Latterbarrow, northeast of Hawkshead, can be seen from many of the viewpoints from Langdale to Kirkstone. It is obviously worth a visit. To make an attractive round walk from Hawkshead the route begins along what years ago was a public road from Hawkshead to a ferry crossing of Windermere at Belle Grange. It is a woodland walk with views and finishes at the open fell at Latterbarrow. After wet weather bog can be a nuisance in several places and this should be considered a wellies-boot walk.
St Peter’s Church - Far Sawrey & Woods
‘One of the most delightful short walks in the Lake District.’ 2 miles. Level easy walking.