Tourism and conservation working in partnership.

Hill Top and the Japan Forum: Project Update 2015-16

On behalf of Nurture Lakeland we would like to thank all of the members of the Japan Forum, for raising over £14,000 for conservation in the English Lake District.  

The money very kindly donated by customers of Japanese tours companies will be used improve the footpath access around Beatrix Potter’s beautiful farmhouse, Hill Top, in Near Sawrey.

The footpath from the ferry on Lake Windermere continues to be a popular and enjoyable way of getting to and from Hill Top but constant conservation work is required to maintain the route  Last year, thanks to visitor donations, the National Trust was able re-surface a large section of the path on ferry hill and carried out drainage works to help to prevent future damage by water.

Severe rainfall in November and December 2015 had a devastating impact on the path surface and this summer the National Trust will be very busy carrying out repairs to the path, and the dry stone walls next to the path.

In addition, repairs to Claife Viewing Station are now fully complete and visitors can enjoy fantastic views of Lake Windermere.

There are exciting plans for the development of a new off-road path between Hill Top and Hawkshead village, making it a safer and more enjoyable journey for visitors.

“The support of Japanese visitors through the Nurture Lakeland Visitor Giving programme is fantastic. It really helps make a difference for all walkers travelling to and from Hill Top and helps to further improve the path infrastructure in the Lakes, something that we know is critical to our visitors experience and enjoyment.” John Moffat, General Manager, South Lakes Property.