Near and Far Sawrey

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Near and Far Sawrey
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Near Sawrey
Near and Far Sawrey is located in Cumbria
Near and Far Sawrey
Near and Far Sawrey
 Near and Far Sawrey shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference SD368957
Civil parish Claife
District South Lakeland
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA22
Dialling code 015394
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Westmorland and Lonsdale
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Coordinates: 54°21′11″N 2°58′19″W / 54.353°N 2.972°W / 54.353; -2.972

Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey are two neighbouring villages in the Furness area of Cumbria. Historically part of Lancashire, they are located in the Lake District between the town of Hawkshead and the lake of Windermere. The two lie on the B5285, which runs from Hawkshead to the west bank of the Windermere Ferry, a car ferry across Windermere one mile to the east of the villages.

The two are famous for their association with Beatrix Potter. She lived at Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey,[1] first arriving at age 30 in 1896. A number of sites in the villages were used in her books such as The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Fairy Caravan, The Pie and the Patty Pan and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

The villages date from at least the 14th century, when Near Sawrey was known as 'Sourer', becoming 'Narr Sawrey' by the 17th century (suggesting that Far Sawrey must have been in existence by this time). Near Sawrey contains a pub, while Far Sawrey has the parish church, a hotel, pub and village shop. The village shop ceased to function as a post office about 2003.

There are waymarked paths between the ferry and Beatrix Potter's house which largely avoid walking on the public roads.


  1. ^ "Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey". Visit Cumbria. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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