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Hawkshead - tourism in Lake District

The village of Hawkshead



Hawkshead has charm and character

Remaining largely untouched for the past 300 years Hawkshead has all the charm and character of the perfect village.

“Make Hawkshead your home, even for a day.”

With its whitewashed houses, cobbled alleyways, courtyards and squares, Hawkshead is often referred to as one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District.


"Closed to through traffic, you can relax and let the world go by."

The centre of the village is closed to through traffic, which makes it a pleasure to explore and browse in the shops. Refreshment is at hand in the several historic teashops and Inns dotted throughout the village, where you can relax and let the world go by.

Hawkshead was once an important medieval town and the centre of the woollen industry in North Lancashire, so it is not surprising to find many beautiful and interesting buildings of architectural importance in the village. However, behind it's tourist image there is a living community full of history and tradition, with a strong literary heritage.

With plenty to see and plenty to do for all the family, why not make Hawkshead your home – even for a day – and discover this special place. You are sure to return time and time again.

Scenic Hawkshead


Of local interest

Old Grammar School

Founded in 1585 by the Archbishop of York, it is now a museum, whose main attraction is that of its most famous pupil, William Wordsworth.

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Beatrix Potter Gallery

Situated in the centre of the village in the old offices of her husband, William Heelis, with an exhibition, which changes annually, of Beatrix Potter’s work.

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St Michael  & All Angels Church

Dating from 1500’s, St Michael's majestically overlooks the village. The oak timbered roof and wall paintings are some of its finest points. Local venue for Lake District Summer Music Festival.

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Hawkshead Methodist Church

Tucked away in a corner of the main square it has been a place of worship since 1862. It is a 15th Century cottage which was given to the non-conformists in the area by a Mrs. Satterthwaite and left to the Methodist Church after her husband's death, making it the oldest building used for Methodist worship in the world. It remains very much as it was in the early 1900's. It is open every day for prayer and quiet meditation.

(For other local places of worship see our church trail.)

Tarn Hows

A lovely walk from Hawkshead and a great place for a picnic, with its scenic backdrop of Coniston Old Man, around to the Langdales and the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest is just south of the village, here there are great walks for all abilities, including specially designed routes for wheelchair and pushchair users, and the kids will love the sculpture trail.  Fantastic Mountain Bike trails along with Go-Ape for the adrenaline junkies

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