GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hill Top to Moss Eccles Tarn

2 miles (2.5 km)

Hill Top is the 17th century former home of children's author and illustratorBeatrix Potter.
It is located in Near Sawrey in the Lake District National park and open to the public. You can tour the house and gardens where expert guides will tell you all about the life and works of Beatrix Potter.
This nice short walk is ideal for visitors to Hill Top to try after or before their visit. It takes you up to the lovely Moss Eccles Tarn - Beatrix Potter owned the tarn and donated it to the National Trust after her death. It served as an inspiration for some of her stories. Alfred Wainwrightdescribed it as the 'most attractive tarn on Claife Heights'. It's stocked withwater liliesand fish, and surrounded bypretty rhododendrons. A pleasant walking trail leads up to the tarn and you can return the same way or through other woodland tracks.

Hill Top to Moss Eccles Tarn OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Cumbria Walks and the Lake District Walks pages.


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A beautiful snowy scene at Moss Eccles tarn during December 2008. Beyond the frozen tarn Brim Fell can be seen in the distance.

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Moss Eccles Tarn. According to a National Trust guide at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's home in Near Sawrey, this peaceful tarn was one of the author's favourite fishing spots.

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Hill Top. Visitors linger in front of Beatrix Potter's home at Hill Top, Near Sawrey (it's called "Near", that's not simply a preposition). Entry is by timed ticket to this National Trust property as its size is such that only a few people can wander around it at any one time.

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Garden at Hill Top

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Near Sawrey, Cumbria. Some of the houses in this small village. The Tower Bank Arms is just out of picture, to the left.

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Near Sawrey cottages


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