Day 10 A.M
The theme of Day 10’s agenda is the crossover of Beatrix-Potter’s legacy and history. We started our Day 10 with a short visit to Wray Castle located in Claife, South Lakeland of Cumbria, England (near Ambleside, Lake District). The appearance of the castle contains gothic features and prominent turrets and tower with arrow-slits. It is now belongs to the National Trust, UK.
This castle is also associated to Beatrix Potter, an English female author of children’s book called Petter Rabbit’s collections, who spent her summer her at the age of 16 and on and off thereafter.
With this we continued our journey to Hill Top, Lake District to pay a visit to Beatrix Potter’s beloved home which she bought with her first proceeds of her publications and other lands and farms thereafter as well.
Beatrix Potter’s decision of buying farm lands and estates saved the Herdwick sheep from extinction, which at that time was a threatened native fell breed. After a few publications, she directed her energies to farming and she was very committed in conserving this breed and later became an expert in sheep breeding, winning awards and recognitions.
It was so surreal when I walked around the Hill Top Farm, the scenes are just as illustrated in the storybooks when I read as a child. Although I am not Petter Rabbit’s biggest fan but it definitely brought back some memories of my primary school times.
We can see that Hill Top not only served as a home to the writer but has provided a lot of aspirations to the born of the iconic fictional characters of her publications e.g. Petter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck (my favourite character), Mrs. Rabbit, Mr. Tod and more. The legacy of the author is so prominent as she left a total of 4000 acres of lands, farm and estates to the National Trust. Praise to her determination to cultivation and preservation, we can enjoy the beautiful landscape now.