Beatrix Potter trail opens in Cumbria

Date Posted: 25/06/2014

Brockhole, on the shores of Lake Windermere, is the location for a new walking trail based on heritage left by the author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit tales.

Brockhole was home to Beatrix Potter’s cousin Edith Gaddum, and is now the site of the Lake District’s visitor centre.

Wealthy Manchester silk and yarn merchants, the Gaddum family created the lavish lakeside home, where Edith and Beatrix continued close lifelong ties.

The writer sent letters to Gaddum children Jim and Molly at Brockhole, including one based on the character Jeremy Fisher, complete with illustrations.

Brockhole learning co-ordinator, Ruth Suddaby, explained: “Our amazing grounds play host to a wealth of the creatures which appear in the beautiful tales. We even share our name with Mr Brock the badger.”

“Our Beatrix Potter trail features a series of information boards where children can learn more about the national park’s fantastic fauna and have fun doing rubbings on them. Who knows, they may even see a real rabbit, frog, fox, mouse or hedgehog!”

For more information visit www.brockhole.co.uk.

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