‘Miss Potter’ Film Locations in the Lake District
Renee Zellweger stars as ‘Peter Rabbit’ writer Beatrix Potter
“Miss Potter” – the Beatrix Potter biopic, made in the U.K., staring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson, and directed by Chris Noonan.
Written by Richard Maltby Jr., “Miss Potter” explores the life of Potter (Zellweger) as she becomes the author of the beloved and bestselling children’s book ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, and struggles to overcome a domineering, unsupportive mother and the chauvinism of Victorian England to become a published author.
Ms Zellweger said: “Arriving in the Lake District is like the culmination of the journey we’ve been on these past few weeks. “It brings the whole Miss Potter story to life, to be in the places where Beatrix lived. “I have been completely stunned by the beauty of the landscape and the tranquillity of the scene.”
Eleven days of filming for Miss Potter involved 100 cast and crew staying in the area’s most luxurious hotels and holiday cottages. Filming took place at Yew Tree Farm, Coniston, which became Hilltop for the film, in the countryside near Beetham, South Cumbria, The Rum Story in Whitehaven in West Cumbria, and in various locations in the Lakes.
Lake District locations used in the film
- Keswick and Derwentwater. One of the main filming locations, this area was also the setting for a number of Beatrix’s books including Squirrel Nutkin, Benjamin Bunny, and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
- Yew Tree Farm, Coniston. Located in the Yewdale valley, this picturesque farmhouse was once owned by Beatrix Potter, and stars as her home Hill Top in the movie.
- Coniston and Tarn Hows. Tarn Hows and the surrounding land was bought by Beatrix Potter in 1929 and is now owned by the National Trust. A 15 mile path circles the stunning tarn, and nearby fells feature in the movie.
- The Settle to Carlisle Railway is steeped in history, and the 72 mile journey is breathtakingly beautiful. Travel over Arten Gill viaduct – one of the many impressive viaducts – and one of the locations in the film.
- Loughrigg Tarn. One of the scenic locations, Loughrigg Tarn is situated in the fells near Grasmere.
- Loweswater. Loweswater and the immediate vicinity was the stunning setting for several scenes.
- The Rum Story. The Rum Story – the Dark Spirit of Whitehaven is set in the original shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of he Jefferson family business. Used as the setting for the offices of William Heelis, Beatrix Potter’s husband.