Part of the Beatrix Potter cycle route with drystone walls and a stream
Part of the Beatrix Potter cycle route with drystone walls and a stream

Cumbria - Beatrix Potter Circular Trail

A 10.5 mile cycle route through Beatrix Potter's favourite haunts

A circular cycle route that takes you through the countryside of the Lake District and gives you the opportunity to take in some key locations in the life of children's author, Beatrix Potter.

Starting in Hawkshead, the Beatrix Potter Trail is a fantastic way to soak up the scenery and learn about one of the country’s most beloved writers. Before leaving the village, why not pop into the Beatrix Potter Gallery? Owned by the National Trust, and once the office of Potter’s solicitor husband, the gallery exhibits some of her original artwork.

After your art stop, cycle south-east out of Hawkshead alongside Esthwaite Water, towards Lake Windermere. Riding through Sawrey, you’ll see Beatrix Potter’s first farm, Hilltop Farm, now managed by the National Trust.

The route then turns North along the Western shore of Lake Windermere before reaching the grounds of Wray Castle near the head of the lake where Beatrix Potter came for extended holidays as a child and first fell in love with the Lake District. At just over 10 miles, this ride is perfect for those wanting to get out on the bike, see some amazing views of the Lake District, and learn more about the local area and Beatrix Potter – and all without pushing yourself too much!

The Lake District and cycling go together like tea and cake. And following an invigorating ride, a hot drink and a sweet treat or pint of local in one of Hawkshead's quaint pubs is the perfect reward for your efforts.


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