The plan had been to visit Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter, but we arrived to discover that we should have booked and that the site was full. So we circled the carpark and then carried on a few more miles up the road to the Claife Viewing Station.
Built in the 1790s and later expanded, the Station had windows tinted with coloured glass, designed to recreate the landscape under different seasonal conditions. Yellow created a summer landscape, orange an autumn one, light green for spring, dark blue for moonlight and so on.
By the end of the 19th century Claife Viewing Station had fallen out of favour and fell into disrepair. Today, the building remains a rare example of a purpose–built public viewing station and is one of the earliest monuments to Lake District tourism.