Hill Top Farm, Lake District

 


 This evening, I am reporting on Hill Top Farm. This is a visitor attraction, run by England's National Trust, which is centred on the Beatrix Potter connection. Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866 and died near Sawrey in 1943.

The farm dates from the 17th century and is located near Sawrey, Hawkeshead, Ambleside in the Lake District, NW England.

Construction is an example of Lakeland vernacular architecture with random stone walls and a slate roof.

The farm was purchased by Beatrix Potter with proceeds from sales of the first of her children's books, the Tale of Peter Rabbit. She wrote thirteen of her twenty-three books whilst residing at Hill Top. 

Beatrix Potter was very committed to the conservation of Herdwick sheep. She had her own Herdwick flock and and was keen to breed the best animals. She succeeded in this, winning awards at local agricultural shows and the respect of local Lake District farmers. 

At the farm is a shop, eatery and fascinating vegetable garden. There are also important hay meadows.

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