Placed alongside the narrow coach road from Penrith to Windermere, Troutbeck is a serene little bygone village set atop the hills on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, and lies just a few convenient miles down the road from the bustling Victorian hub of Ambleside. This village has direct links with Beatrix Potter, who resided in Troutbeck Park Farm and happily bred herdwick sheep there. Troutbeck is therefore a place of particular interest to literary historians and fans of Ms Potter's work, who can visit her house which still remains today and is looked after today by the National Trust. Art also abounds here in the village's Jesus Church, which was built in 1736 on the site of a 15th-century chapel, with its Pre-Raphaelite windows having been designed by Sir Edward Jones and made by William Morris & Co. Interestingly, while Morris originally intended entering into the Church, he was so inspired by the works of John Ruskin - another literary great associated with the area - that he instead became an artist. For those looking for a little more exciting than village life, there's a great assortment of outdoor activities available to the area, from mountaineering, fell walking and rock climbing, to canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing to hang gliding, paragliding and golf. Whatever it is you're after from your Lakes getaway, you'll be certain to find it here in the charming and historic village of Troutbeck - and a wonderful place to base yourself in one of the many Cumbrian cottages the region has to offer.
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