After writing and illustration, Beatrix Potter’s other great passion was sheep farming and in particular breeding Herdwick’s. These hardy fell sheep are key to the Lake District landscape that she so loved. She quickly recognized the importance of
preserving the breed and the farms that raised them. Eventually, her estate had fourteen farms in its care of which three classic examples are to be found within Yewdale and on the Monk Coniston Estate.
After her death in 1943 these farms and their land were left in our protection and care. You can ﬁnd out more about the work the team does to look after these special places on the National Trust site.
A Family Farm Walk
Start/Finish: National Trust Car Park, Tarn Hows GR SD326996
Distance: 15km/9.3 miles
Time: 5-6 hours
Height Gain: 520m
Village lanes, woodland paths, fell paths, pasture and lanes.
OS Landranger 90 & 98 (1:50 000), OS Explorer OL6 & OL7 (1:25 000), Harveys Superwalker (1:25 000Southern Lakeland,
British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40 000)
From the car park entrance follow the rough path N a short distance (above the A593) to cross a footbridge. Turn R and follow the path as it climbs up through Glen Mary beside the beck to another footbridge at the outlet of The Tarns.
Cross the footbridge and head anti-clock wise around the tarn. After 1km at the eastern corner of the loop take the path on the R for Iron Keld. At the lane turn L for 200m then turn R and take the bridleway N through the trees. Continue along it on the open fell until the fork for High Arnside. Take the L branch and head down towards the farm.
Head around the N of the farm and then follow the drive down to a lane. Turn R down to the A593. Cross A593 and follow the lane on the other side past High Oxen Fell for 450m to a bridleway on the L. Join the bridleway and follow it past the quarries for 700m to a fork. Take the L branch and climb past the reservoirs to a rough col on Holme Fell. The path crosses the col and is followed steeply down through to the A593 at Yewdale.
Turn L and carefully follow the A593 back to the Glen Mary Car Park.
By using the bridleway network around Coniston you can access miles of easy to use oﬀ road routes.
At Low Yewdale, the unusual structure built from slate on the side of the road is an eighteenth century Lime Kiln. The lime was used to ‘sweeten’ the low fells so they could be turned into farmland.
Explore more around Coniston by taking a walk around Tarn Hows or trekking over to Hawkshead.