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September 12, 2018 Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth

Wednesday and time for Beatrix Potter's HIll Top Farm and then on to Dove Cottage where Wordsworth lived.

The village of Near Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter who wrote "Peter Rabbit."

The village of Near Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter who wrote "Peter Rabbit."

Woke to sunshine and it lasted nearly all day. We ate our breakfast and started for Hill Top Farm, Beatrix Potter’s first farm. Our GPS tried to take us on a ferry that was closed today so we reverted to Google and soon arrived. It is a National Trust site so we parked and entered for free. It was fun to learn about her life and see all the books and paintings. I loved Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit when I was little. We walked through the tiny village of Near Sawrey and then drove to Hawkshead for lunch and to see the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter lived

Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter lived

Interior of  Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of  Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of  Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Hill Top Farm from the Garden

Hill Top Farm from the Garden

Buckle Yeat B and B in Near Sawrey and beside Hill Top Farm

Buckle Yeat B and B in Near Sawrey and beside Hill Top Farm

Relaxing with Mr. McGregor at Buckle Yeat in Near Sawrey

Relaxing with Mr. McGregor at Buckle Yeat in Near Sawrey

Stone building near Hawkshead Hall Campsites

Stone building near Hawkshead Hall Campsites


We found change for parking and started our lunch search. After checking a few menus, we entered The Queen’s Head Pub and Restaurant. Ed ordered his favorite sea bass and I decided to be adventurous and ordered a lamb tagine made with apricots, raisins, red peppers and almonds. It was fabulous . . . just spicy enough and very tender. Ed got the sticky toffee pudding and I got a Marquise au Chocolat for dessert. Beautiful old building and a delightful lunch.

Lunch at The Queen’s Head Pub in Hawkshead

Lunch at The Queen’s Head Pub in Hawkshead

Interior at the Beatrix Potter Gallery

Interior at the Beatrix Potter Gallery


We visited the Beatrix Potter Gallery . . . also National Trust . . . and then looked through a couple other interesting galleries in town before retrieving the car and setting off for Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage.

Ann Tyson's House in Hawkshead

Ann Tyson's House in Hawkshead

The Red Lion Inn in Hawkshead

The Red Lion Inn in Hawkshead

The King's Arms Inn and greater downtown Hawkshead

The King's Arms Inn and greater downtown Hawkshead

*****

Entrance to Wray Castle on the drive to Dove Cottage

Entrance to Wray Castle on the drive to Dove Cottage

You must take a guided tour of Dove Cottage so we went through the museum while waiting for our tour to start. At Dove Cottage our young lady guide was from Riverside, California and very enthusiastic. We went through the house then explored the garden on our own. The house contained a lot of memorabilia from Wordsworth. He lived here with his sister Dorothy for eight years. When he married in 1802, his wife and her sister joined the Wordsworths at Dove Cottage. In 1808 after the arrival of three children, the Wordsworths left Dove Cottage to seek larger lodgings. They put a great deal of thought into the garden and the National Trust has tried to replicate it in a like style. It is truly lovely.

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Jerwood Centre, the William Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere

Jerwood Centre, the William Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere

Interior of Dove Cottage

Interior of Dove Cottage

Interior of Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Interior of Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Garden in back of Dove Cottage

Garden in back of Dove Cottage

View from Dove Cottage Gardens

View from Dove Cottage Gardens

Gazebo at the top of the Garden

Gazebo at the top of the Garden

*****

Ambleside Salutation Hotel and Spa

Ambleside Salutation Hotel and Spa

Got the car and drove back through Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness on the way home. Again noted the very tall monument spotted as you approach Ulverston and later discovered it is the Sir John Barrow Monument on the top of Hoad Hill. Built in 1850, it looks like a lighthouse because it is modeled on an earlier version of the Eddington Lighthouse. Stopped in Dalton at Coop for groceries and car window cleaner and then home for the evening. Our very taciturn landlord greeted us and exchanged a few words. Very quiet fellow . . . but very nice.

Sir John Barrow Monument on the top of Hoad Hill in Ulverston

Sir John Barrow Monument on the top of Hoad Hill in Ulverston

Posted by Beausoleil 13:47 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged cumbria wordsworth beatrix_potter hawkshead

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You bring back happy memories of a holiday spent in a B&B in Hawkshead, very many years ago. I visited Hill Top Farm which back then was not nearly so popular as it seems to be now!

by ToonSarah

Your blog makes me feel as if i was with you in spirt, brings back happy memories of my visit a few years ago. Lovely pictures. --- Alec

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