Between Windermere and Coniston is an area of lowland tarns and woodland known as Beatrix Potter Country. Claiffe Heights is the high point and a challenge to find.
I am not sure why Wainwright insisted on Claife Heights being only an “Outlying Fell”. The fell is centrally located. A lot of people will never explore the area as a result which would be a mistake. I had read that the woods were haunted by the Claife Cryer. I had also hear that the woods were impregnable, finding the summit was challenging and that there was nowhere convenient to park. Near Sawrey and Hill Top being impossibly crowded. There was an element of truth to each statement (although I cannot vouch for the ghost) but this is still a thoroughly enjoyable walk albeit different in character to much of the Lakes.
Avoiding Near Sawrey is easy by starting at Far Sawrey, the main paths on Claife Heights do avoid the worst of the trees and in fact break out at certain points to offer some fantastic views. The area near the tarns is particularly pleasant, whilst the summit of Claife Heights at High Blind How has a whopping O/S pillar and is only a few hundred yards from the path.
This is a tranquil part of the Lake District. It is easy to appreciate the pleasure that the area gave her and the inspiration she drew from the walks. The land near the tarns (although they would have been smaller then) and the glorious views still are inspirational today.
Start the walk at Far Sawrey. There is a pleasant little general shop, a good pub and easy access on to the fellside.
The path in the trees can be confusing. It is not one of the forest tracks but it does follow a northerly direction. The summit of Claiffe Heights is to your left. A path leaves your path and bends west and south to the summit where you pass through a small col with higher lands to your lest and right.
Beatrix Potter Country: Lovely lovely walk, early third and last third well marked, middle section impossible without GPS and OS map!! Highly recommended, but go prepared!
The information on this page is not sufficient for you to find the start of the walk, but the staff in the National Trust centre were able to point us in the right direction.
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