In Miss Potter’s Footsteps
On the late May Bank Holiday Monday, we – including Bunty, our Westie – decided to try out one of the walks suggested by Vivienne Crow in her monthly column in Cumbria Life magazine. There is a copy of the walk in the folder kept at Joiner’s Mews. The easy walk starts from the National Trust’s pay-and-display car park at the mock-Gothic mansion known as Wray Castle – but, for all it crellations, it was never a castle – which was visited by Beatrix Potter and her family. There are lakeside views, bluebell woods – at the right time of the year but many other wild flowers are there to be enjoyed, delicate yellow poppies were in full bloom for our walk – and views of the less well known Blelham Tarn. Vivienne describes the 3.6 miles/5.8km walk very well, we didn’t get lost and we enjoyed a cup of coffee and scone at the Wray Castle café at the end of our walk.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia
Wray Castle is a Victorian neo-gothic building at Claife in the English county of Cumbria. The house and grounds have belonged to the National Trust since 1929, but the house has only recently opened to the public on a regular basis. The grounds, which include part of the shoreline of Windermere, are open all year round and are renowned for their selection of specimen trees – Wellingtonia, redwood, Ginkgo biloba, weeping lime and varieties of beech.