Beatrix Potter Country

  • Peaceful slice of Lakeland
  • Woods and open fell combine
  • Visit Hill Top House

I am not sure why Wainwright insisted on Claife Heights being only an “Outlying Fell” considering its fairly central location but it did mean that it took me a while to get round to exploring the area. I had read that the woods were haunted by the Claife Cryer, that the woods were impregnable, finding the summit (a Marilyn) was challenging, that there was nowhere to park with 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 if 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 peaceful part of the Lakes and it is easy to appreciate the pleasure that Beatrix Potter experienced and the inspiration she drew from he walks, particularly near the tarns (although they would have been smaller then) and the glorious views.

Recommend: Start the walk at Far Sawrey, there is a pleasant little general shop, a good pub and easy access on to the fellside.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 379954. There is a voluntary contribution parking at Firbank Old School and the bridleway is directly opposite
Height to Climb: 208ms (682 feet)
Terrain: The paths through the woods in the mid section of the walk can be a little confusing but stick to the main one which is signposted. Underfoot is fine.
Eating & Drinking: The Sawrey Hotel is a pleasant Lakes inn with a beer garden whilst the local shop serves a cup of tea and pastie.
Similar Walks Nearby: Latterbarrow & Hawkshead
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