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Beatrix Potter and the Lake District

Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in South Kensington, London. She lived a lonely life at home, being educated by a governess and having little contact with other people. She had many animals which she kept as pets, studying them and making drawings.

Her parents took her on to Scotland, but when the house they rented became unavailable, they rented Wray Castle near Ambleside in the Lake District. Beatrix was 16 when they first stayed here.

For the next 21 years on and off, the Potters holidayed in the Lake District.

Beatrix loved Derwentwater, and explored Catbells behind Lingholm. She watched squirrels in the woods, saw rabbits in the vegetable gardens of the big house. She made many sketches of the landscape.

'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' was published in 1902. Her third book, 'Squirrel Nutkin' had background views based on Derwentwater, Catbells and the Newlands Valley. Fawe Park featured in 'The Tale of Benjamin Bunny'.

There is now an attraction based on Beatrix Potter's characters,'The World of Beatrix Potter' in Windermere.

Renee Zellweger visited the World of Beatrix Potterin 2006. She was in the Lake District to film scenes for the new motion picture, Miss Potter, which was released in the UK on 5th January 2007.
Starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, Miss Potter tells the fascinating story of Beatrix Potter's life and career as a pioneering children's author and conservationist.

Beatrix Potter

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