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Using your National Trust Membership in The Lake District

By Alice Phillips9 Dec 2020

The National Trust now cares for over 20% of the Lake District National park, that includes keeping paths maintained, having car parks and some of the best places to see and do in The Lake District. Some of the places we go out for the day or love seeing are maintained by the National Trust and wouldn’t be as accessible or enjoyable without the hard work they do. 


I will run through four of the fantastic places we have here in The Lake District you can visit that are run or maintained by The National Trust.


Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter

The home of the Peter Rabbit author, Beatrix Potter, Hill top is a quaint little cottage with an endearing little garden. You can follow the Peter Rabbit trail and learn about the inspiration behind the books and now films! It’s hard not to be inspired by the beautiful countryside around Hill Top in the time-capsule that is Beatrix Potters old home. Perfect for he family to try and find Jemima Puddleduck and Tom Kitten too!

  • Aira Force Waterfalls

Sat on the shores of Ullswater, Aira Force is a mighty impressive waterfall standing with a 65ft drop. The walk up to it is almost like a fairy glen and you can make it as long or as short as you would like, even taking in Wainwright Fell along the way! For National Trust members the parking is free and you can start and finish lots of walks here. For a quieter time of the day, get there early then you can beat the crowds and pick up a snack at the National Trust cafe too.


  • Sizergh 

Set in a very sizable 1,600 acre estate, sizergh house and gardens are a lovely day trip for the whole family. Still lived in by the Strickland family, the grand old house certainly feels lived in with lots of stories to tell too. Just outside Kendal, this is the perfect place to visit on your way in or out of The Lake District, or if you are looking for something to do in the South Lakes for the day.


  • Seatoller Car Park

Set in the shadow of England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, Seatoller is the perfect village to start and finish walks of all grades of difficulty and having a National Trust car park is ideal. From here you can walk up the smallest Wainwright Fell (but one of my favourites,) Castle Crag or through the valley along rivers to waterfalls and wild swim spots. You really are in the centre of it all here ready for any adventure!


There are so many other National Trust car parks in the lakes that mean no parking on roads or expensive car parks elsewhere. They are all well maintained and many have toilet blocks too. Find out more information here. 


Have fun wherever you go and whatever adventures (of cheeky rabbits) you find!

Whether we’re swimming, cycling, horse-riding or walking the dogs, we can all help to look after the Lake District.


Ali x



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