The Sawreys

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The Sawreys is the collective name give to the two hamlets, Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey, located roughly two miles south-east of Hawkshead. Near Sawrey, the closest to Hawkshead, was famously once the home of the children’s writer Beatrix Potter, and her first farm, Hill Top, is now one of the most popular attractions in this part of the Lake District. Far Sawrey is closer to the shores of Windermere, and a good place to start woodland and lakeside walks. The pretty Moss Eccles Tarn, where Beatrix Potter and her husband William Heelis spent many happy summer evenings, is no more than a half-hour walk from either of the hamlets.