When I left you in my last post we'd just walked the two miles from Hawkshead back to Tower Bank Arms in Near Sawrey. After freshening up we went down to "our" table for supper. Tonight they had a lit candle on our table! Was it because it was Mother's Day or because it was our last night there. . . .
|Guinness Stout; Grilled Fillet of Salmon with Crayfish Risotto, Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce; Port Medallions with a Brandy, Green Peppercorn and Sage Cream, with Bubble & Squeak and Apple Fritter|
Anthony, the Proprietor, showed us this book by Willow Taylor. I have since purchased it through the Beatrix Potter Society because I had to finish reading it! Willow Taylor lived in Tower Bank Arms as a child while her father ran the pub. She wrote about her encounters with Beatrix Potter and what village life was like for a child in the 1930s. . . .
I'm so glad for the late sunset because we still hadn't gotten around to going back to do the Beatrix Potter Nature Walk along Esthwaite Water. This would be our last chance to walk in the Sawrey area. . . .
We headed down Lakeside lane again. . . .
And took the lane to the right down to Esthwaite Water. . . .
Just across the Ees Bridge was the Beatrix Potter Nature Walk along the water. It is only fitting that a nature walk would be made in Beatrix's honor. From early childhood she showed her love for animals, plant life, and the countryside by the pets she kept and through her drawings and writings. . .
Along the way were these signs with information about the wildlife in the woods or in the lake that Beatrix drew and wrote about. Each plaque shows Beatrix's character. . . .
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In the distance we could see people still taking advantage of the light to fish. If you want to see what can be caught here check out these photos. . .
The woods were filled with wild garlic. . . .
The Red Squirrel is endangered in England because of our American grey squirrels. In a video at the end of this post you can see what they are doing about it. . . .
Looking over towards Ees Wyke (Lakeside) where Beatrix and her parents spent several summer holidays. . . .
The sun was getting lower in the sky. The mountain to the west was creating deep shadows on the opposite shore of the lake. . . .
The path along the lake ended at a parking lot for the Visitor's Center at Osprey Safari. It was well past closing hours. It would have been nice to visit their cafe. From there we used the road to walk back to Near Sawrey. . . .
We crossed back over Ees Bridge. . . .
Said goodbye to the cows. . . .
And the sheep. . . .
The dramatic landscape made all the more magical by the setting sun. . . .
It was as quiet as this photo conveys. . . .
The sun had slipped behind the mountain. It was 8:37--time to head back. . . .
We still had to find room for all our purchases in our two suitcases. We'd be taking three different buses to Grasmere in the morning. Our total miles walked today (including our time in Coniston): 9.78 miles; 20,751 steps; 60 flights of stairs
This is a wonderful video showing the locations Beatrix used in her stories set in the Derwentwater area. It was on our itinerary, but we ended up changing our plans so will include this here. I still hope to visit Derwentwater when we return. . . .
More information about Beatrix Potter's interest in nature:
Between Naturalism and Fantasy: The Art of Beatrix Potter
The Strange Life of Beatrix Potter - A Story of Rabbits and Mushrooms
Up Next: Grasmere, William Wordsworth, and Dove Cottage