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We would like to thank - Cumbria Tourism, the Forestry Commission and IE Photography for the use of images on this site.
Hawkshead is a picturesque and charming village in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England. The area around Hawkshead offers a delightful place to visit, or to stay, with some great hotels and bed & breakfast (B&B) accommodation. Nestling in the beautiful vale of Esthwaite, Hawkshead is characterised by the cluster of whitewashed houses and is within easy reach for Sawrey, Outgate, Satterthwaite, Grizedale and Hawkshead Hill.
The Hawkshead area has one of the best choices in the Lake District for bed & breakfast accommodation and places to eat and drink. There are quaint country Inns/Pubs, beautiful Country House Hotels, traditional Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) – Guest Houses, holiday let self-catering accommodation and camping/caravanning
Wander around Hawkshead with its beautiful old buildings, churches, and rich history. There you will find important connections with the poet William Wordsworth and children’s author Beatrix Potter. Then settle down to a delicious afternoon tea in one of the many cafés & tea-rooms, or maybe sample some local ale in one of the village inns.
The countryside surrounding Hawkshead promises the holiday visitor to the Lake District something for all the family - delightful walks - mountain biking and Go Ape in nearby Grizedale Forest - and some excellent fishing on Esthwaite Water.
With Coniston, Grizedale, Langdale, Grasmere and Ambleside all within easy reach, and with the busy centres of Windermere and Bowness just a short ferry ride away, Hawkshead is an ideal location from which to visit the entire south Lake District area.
For all your tourist information you need look no further.
Car Park Charges – LDNPA car park Hawkshead
Car Parking – Hawkshead
The car main park in Hawkshead is owned and run by the Lake District National Park Authority, who have imposed a 'Parking Eye' camera enforcement system on the village without any consultation – it has been a disaster for local businesses – of little concern to the Park Authority who only wish to maximise their revenue.
If you feel that this system is wholly inappropriate to the National Park, and Hawkshead as a conservation area, then please write to them, the papers, your MP, our MP Tim Farron, and anyone else you can think of. This is what you get when you have an unelected, centrally appointed body, accountable to no one.
Incidentally, the £60.00 is not fine or penalty, but an invoice, and there is a strong body of opinion that it cannot be enforced – for further advice see:
The Brathay Windermere Marathon starts at 10:30am on Sunday 19th May 2013 from Brathay Hall, Ambleside. The route takes the main road to Hawkshead and runs through the centre of the village, which is a great place to see the runners.
The marathon is a fundraising event in support of Brathay Hall Trust – the charity that transforms young people's lives. This is one of the UK's most picturesque marathon routes with the course taking one circuit of Windermere (England's largest lake) with fantastic views of the lake, woodland and surrounding hills.
There will be road closures on the B5286 Brathay/Hawkshead road from 10am to approx 11.30am.
Now in its 8th year, the Hawkshead Trail Races follow a course through some of the most scenic and varied countryside in the Lake District - Beatrix Potter country. The 2009 it was rated the 6th best overall running event in the UK by Runnersworld magazine readers. All races start at the Recreation Ground in the village from 11am with the main race at 2pm. An exciting and fun atmosphere is guaranteed for spectators and competitors alike. There is a race commentary, live music and other entertainment, which all makes for a great day out for all the family.
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