Cumbria - HawksheadWith 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!
In addition to being a very pretty Cumbrian village, Hawkshead is steeped in history.
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.
Windermere - HawksheadIf 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
Looking for accommodation? Why not browse these pretty cottages around Hawkshead.
Youth Hostel Hawkshead
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 just a short drive from Hawkshead, a popular gentle walk around the tarn, suitable for buggies.
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