Children paddling in Windermere copyright Ben Barden

Claife Heights Potter walk

Great Walking and Cycling Made Easy

6 miles of walking - up to 4 hours
A walk taking in Beatrix Potter's house at Hill Top and the Gallery.

Claife Heights Potter map

Timings: Remember to check bus and ferry times before you depart! Take a look at Cross Lakes Experience leaflet including 2011 timetable (PDF)

Make a day of it: Pick up the Cross Lakes Shuttle at Bowness, Coniston or Hawkshead to Hill Top, enjoy your walk then get the bus and boat back from Hawkshead.

Refreshments: available at Hawkshead and pub at Hill Top.

Large version of the map: take a look at the Great Walking and Cycling Made Easy leaflet page 2 (PDF)

Route description:

From the Hill Top bus stop, walk into the centre of the village. You will see a little red post box in the wall. Walk up the road opposite this post box, between the houses and past the farm.

Follow this bridleway up between the houses and past the farm. Keep walking uphill and you will pass a cattle barn on your right. Beyond here ignore the track to your left and keep walking uphill towards Moss Eccles Tarn. You will go through a gate and Moss Eccles is 100 metres beyond this gate on your left.

Stay on this main bridleway and head up to the top of the hill. Go through the gate in the wall, and you’ll see the beautiful view over Wise Een Tarn. Stay on the bridleway and head to the top of the hill where you will see a gate into Claife Forest.

Go through this gate and join a forest track. Walk along this track for approximately half a mile and you will see a stony bridleway to your left heading into the trees. Turn left onto this short descent to rejoin the forest road at a crossroads.

There is a signpost here to Hawkshead. Follow it by turning left, and following the road through conifer woodland until you see a bridleway to the left at the top of the forest road climb.

Turn left along this bridleway also signed Hawkshead and it will wind its way through the forest for approximately 300 metres when you will see a gate on your left.

Go though the gate and bear left following a wall down a stony track to another gate, keeping the wall on your left. Go though the next gate and head down hill through wooded pasture and on a wide track to Colthouse. Towards the bottom of the track you will go through two deer gates, the last of these is where the track joins the main road.

Turn left onto the main road and follow the road into Colthouse. Do not turn off this road. As you walk along this road you will walk past 2 roads to your left, ignore these and carry on until you reach a junction.

Turn right at this junction and follow the road across Black Beck. Turn right 100 metres after the bridge onto the road around Hawkshead. Then turn left after about 50 metres into Hawkshead village.

Useful links

Read more about the mysterious Crier of Claife ghost on our Ghosts and myths page.