Take some time to visit Near and Far Sawrey during your stay at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. The neighbouring hamlets, sometimes referred to as ‘The Sawreys’ are situated in between Windermere and Hawkshead and are well worth a visit during your holiday in the Lake District National Park.
The medieval village is only small and contains a handful of traditional Lakeland cottages, surrounded by picturesque countryside. There are a couple of pubs and tearooms alongside a hotel, village shop and Victorian era church.
Home of Beatrix Potter
Near Sawrey is famed for its association with Beatrix Potter and is home to Hill Top – a 17th century farmhouse, where the revered children’s author and illustrator spent much of her adult life. The property was purchased with the profits of Peter Rabbit, and the grounds and surrounding scenery inspired much of her subsequent works.
Outside, the cottage garden has been maintained in a traditional style, with a mixture of herbs, fruit, flowers and vegetables. The head gardener has worked hard to restore the pretty grounds to its former glory and ensure it has quaint and charming feel, that is reminiscent of her books.
Moss Eccles Tarn
Moss Eccles Tarn, another of Beatrix Potter’s favourite Lakeland beauty spots, is situated within walking distance of Sawrey. Beatrix spent lots of time fishing here from a rowing boat, which is now on display at Windermere Jetty Museum.
The tarn is spotted with waterlilies and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It’s the ideal destination for a leisurely walk, especially on a warm and sunny day. There are plenty of places to enjoy a picnic, or simply sit down and soak up the views!
St Peter’s Church
Visitors interested in history should stop by St Peter’s Church. It was built in a Gothic style during the Victorian era and is surprisingly large given its remote location. It was built to seat 400 people from the local area. There were many large houses that bought their servants with them to pray.
Accommodation near Sawrey
It can be incorporated into a trip to Claife Station, which is also within easy reach.