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Cumbria - Hawkshead

With it's white-washed walls, higgeldy piggeldy ginnels and yards Cumbria's Hawkshead is definitely a contender for one of England's prettiest villages.


It was a familiar joke by my brother-in-law, that our family couldn't visit Cumbria without a trip to Hawkshead!

The centre of Hawkshead is car free - there is a pay and display car park very close by, although Hawkshead is known as one of Cumbria's honeypots so expect it to be busy!

There are one or two good specialty shops in Hawkshead such as the Hawkshead Outdoor shop and the Hawkshead Relish shop.

In addition to being a very pretty Cumbrian village, Hawkshead is steeped in history.

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William Wordsworth was educated at Hawkshead Grammar School.

Beatrix Potter, who lived nearby in Sawrey, was married to William Heelis who was a solicitor in Hawskshead. His former solicitor's office now displaying many of Beatrix Potter's original water colours and sketches.

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Windermere - Hawkshead

If you are visiting Hawkshead from Windermere, then it is fun (and quicker....unless the queue is very long!) to take the Windermere ferry. (Please note no service 25 / 26 Dec : check timetable



Cottages near Hawkshead

cottages near hawkshead

Looking for accommodation? Why not browse these pretty cottages around Hawkshead.


Youth Hostel Hawkshead

hawkshead youth hostel

Perfect for cycling, walking or just to enjoy very reasonably priced accommodation in a fabulous setting.

Hawkshead Youth Hostel is a converted Regency mansion set in extensive grounds and overlooks Esthwaite Water.


Tarn Hows

easy lake district walks

Tarn Hows just a short drive from Hawkshead, a popular gentle walk around the tarn, suitable for buggies.



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