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Sawrey in the Lake District National Park

The attractive village of Sawrey is situated two miles from Hawkshead down the eastern side of Esthwaite Water, overlooked by the woods and tarns of Claife Heights. Sawrey consists of two seperate hamlets called Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey, both a cluster of pictureque cottages, teas rooms and pubs.

Near Sawrey is famous for Hill Top, a 17th century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter found inspiration for the writing of her acclaimed children's stories. She bought Hill Top farm in 1905 from the proceeds of the sale of the first of her little tales, Peter Rabbit. The property is now a museum, owned and run by the National Trust and is one of the most visited houses in the Lake District, with queues forming on most days during the summer. She also lived down the road at Castle Cottage but that is not open to the public. The Tower Bank Arms is situated next to Hill Top and again is extremely popular.

Far Sawrey, is the hamlet furthest away from Hawkshead and the nearest to the ferry point on Windermere and contains St Peter's church, a pleasantly situated 19th century building with a St Celia window in the south wall. The Sawrey Arms has a beer garden, with some good views.

There are some good walk in the area, including Claife Heights and Grizedale Forest. Coniston and Tarn Hows are only a short drive away. Other attractions include the Grizedale Visitor Centre, with its exhibitions devoted to the history and ecology of the area. In the evenings the Theatre in the Forest stages small scale concerts and theatrical performances all year round.



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