Near and Far Sawrey

Coordinates: 54°21′11″N 2°58′19″W / 54.353°N 2.972°W / 54.353; -2.972
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Near and Far Sawrey
Near Sawrey
Beatrix Potter’s house - ‘Hill Top’
Near and Far Sawrey is located in Cumbria
Near and Far Sawrey
Near and Far Sawrey
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceSD368957
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA22
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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, England. Within the boundaries of the historic county of Lancashire, both are located in the Lake District between the village 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 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) 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 that time). Near Sawrey contains a pub, while Far Sawrey has the parish church, a hotel and pub. The village shop ceased to function as a post office around 2003 and ceased to be a shop around 2010.

There are waymarked paths between the ferry and Beatrix Potter's house, which mostly allows people to avoid walking on the public roads.


Sawrey is part of the Westmorland and Lonsdale parliamentary constituency, of which Tim Farron is the current Member of parliament representing the Liberal Democrats.

For Local Government purposes it is in the Coniston and Hawkshead Ward of Westmorland and Furness Council.

The villages are also represented on Claife Parish council. Situated between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water, the Parish of Claife includes the villages of Colthouse and High Wray (upper Claife) Cunsey, Far Sawrey and Near Sawrey (lower Claife).[2]

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  1. ^ "Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey". Visit Cumbria. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Claife Parish Council | Claife PCC| - HOME". Retrieved 27 June 2023.

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