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Holidays in Hawkshead

Idyllic Lake District village set against beautiful forests and deep lakes

Aerial shot of Hawkshead

Hawkshead is one of the most attractive villages in South Lakeland, to the north of Esthwaite Water, in a valley between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water. Clustered around medieval squares or along alleyways overhung by gables are the 17th century buildings, which give the village a delightful sense of belonging to another time.

There are 38 buildings of architectural and historical interest in Hawkshead, mostly dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. A few miles south of the village is Grizedale Forest with its nine way-marked woodland trails of varying difficulty. Some of the trails go to the heights of the park and some plummet to hidden valley floors – all memorably beautiful.

There is an excellent visitor centre and cafe in the forest, and activities for walkers, runners, cyclists, climbers and Go Ape fans. You can even take an orienteering course on your visit, or go hunting for sculptures that are scattered throughout the park.

Pretty village of Hawkshead

Mountain biking is a popular pursuit in the Lake District – Hawkshead has an abundance of bridleways, green lanes and accessible forest in the area around it. One particularly excellent route is the circuit of Esthwaite Water for unspoilt waterside views of one of the lesser known parts of the Lake District.

“Nearby Esthwaite Water inspired writers like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter…”

The 280-acre site was famous for inspiring the works of William Wordsworth – Esthwaite is mentioned twice in his book The Preludes. It’s also the fictional birthplace of Beatrix Potter’s popular character Jeremy Fisher, the frog. In addition, the lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Ramsar site – one aspect of these attributes is that the area contains unusual wildlife species, plant or habitat. Plus it's the largest stocked fishing lake in the north west and acts as a trout fishery, attracting thousands of fish to its shores each year.

Book a holiday in one of our Hawkshead cottages and you will be in the perfect position to enjoy the village’s other-worldly charm, along with the natural beauty of the famous fells and lakes.

While you’re there

The Sun Inn

When you’re done shimmying up the hillside, what better way to relax than with a pint in this 16th century inn.

St Michael and All Angels Church

Built in around 1500, sitting on a hill overlooking the town with a surprisingly large interior and many interesting features.

The National Trust Beatrix Potter Gallery

Exhibits the author’s original drawings and watercolours, with special exhibitions telling the life of one of the country’s most celebrated writers.

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