A guide to holidays in Near and Far Sawrey
Tucked away between Lake Windermere and the lesser-known Esthwaite Water, Near and Far Sawrey are two small villages often grouped together as one.
Located just two miles south of the popular village of Hawkshead, Near and Far Sawrey is closely associated with Beatrix Potter, one of Britain’s best-loved authors, and parts of the village can even be seen in her books. Hill Top, now run by the National Trust and open to the public, is her former home in Little Sawrey, and today displays some of her drawings as well as many of her prized possessions, which span paintings, furniture and china. Many of her best-loved characters were devised during her time at Hill Top, including Jemima Puddleduck, Samuel Whiskers and Tom Kitten, and the neighbouring pub, the Tower Bank Arms, even features in The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. As well as being part of literary history, visitors can also enjoy bar and evening meals at this pub.
Another Beatrix Potter connection can be found at Moss Eccles Tarn, a reservoir found just a short walk from Near Sawrey. She spent many summers here in her fishing boat, and it is easy to see why – the tarn is an incredibly tranquil spot decorated with pretty water lilies during the summer months.
If it’s classic, spectacular views you’re looking for during your Lake District holiday, pay a visit to the Claife Viewing Station, found around a mile to the east of Far Sawrey on the western edge of Lake Windermere. Built in the 1790s, this viewpoint was popular with tourists for centuries before its closure, and has been recently restored and reopened to the public. To capture how the lake looks across the changing seasons and times of day, the viewing station has several windows tinted different colours to offer views you won’t find anywhere else on the lake.
If you’re looking to travel a little further afield, you can cut the 15-mile drive around Lake Windermere short by taking the Windermere Ferry across the water to Bowness-on-Windermere, one of the Lake District’s most popular towns; from here you can also visit Windermere town.
Within the villages themselves, you will find everything you need to enjoy your rural retreat: a village shop and another pub, found in Far Sawrey, for you to enjoy a relaxed evening. Far Sawrey is also home to the notable St Peter’s Church, an early English Gothic-style church constructed during the Victorian era. Seating up to 400 people, it is a large church for such a small village, and would have seated both the families and the servants who lived and worked at the many country houses throughout the area.
There’s plenty to discover in this beautiful area of Lakeland – take a look at our full collection of Near and Far Sawrey cottages for even more travel inspiration.