The well known and much loved Tarn Hows is a lovely walk from Hawkshead, and is a great place for a picnic, with its scenic backdrop of Coniston Old Man, around to the Langdales and the Fairfield Horseshoe. Left to National Trust by Beatrix Potter there is a reasonably level circular path suitable for pushchairs and wheel chairs with assistance.
Grizedale Forest is just south of the village and with the visitor centre just a couple of miles drive it offers a great day out for all the family.
The quiet Esthwaite Valley offers some great walks for all the family, with gentle rambles through the fields and woods, beautiful forest walks and for the more energetic the amazing panoramic views of Latterbarrow and Claife Heights awaits.
There are a surprising number of mountain bike routes in the area that will suit all abilities. Quiet country lanes can be linked at ease with the many off road tracks and trails. Nearby Grizedale Forest offers some superb mountain biking for all the family and the North Face Route will test the skills of the best.
Nearby Esthwaite Water is the largest stocked lake in the North West of England, offering true loch style fishing, set amidst beautiful scenery. Shore and boat fishing are both available, and if you have always fancied a bit of fly-fishing then lessons are available. Many establishments in the area have complementary permits for Esthwaite and other lakes and tarns in the area.
Horse and Pony trekking available in the local area at Coniston, Troutbeck, Backbarrow and Grizedale.
Why not give the car a rest and try a car free day - help to make the Lake District a greener place.
Not just for ‘Toad, Ratty and Mole’ all the family can find boating of all kinds on nearby Windermere and Coniston Water.
Some great ideas for entertaining the whole family from beautiful picnic spots, to the adrenalin of the high trees ‘Go Ape’ rope course. For more ideas visit our 'family days' page.
Traditional local events are held throughout the year and offer the visitor an opportunity to share in village life. Several local clubs – tennis – bowling ……… also welcome visitors. You will always be made welcome.
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