The village lies in a highly attractive sheltered valley, at the head of Esthwaite Water. The surrounding scenery is some of the finest in the Lake District with Grizedale Forest to the south, Lake Windermere to the east and Lake Coniston to the west.
Nestled in the Vale of Esthwaite deep in the heart of Beatrix Potter country lies the village ‘Hawkshead situated 2 miles west of Lake Windermere and aptly named ‘the prettiest little village in the Lake District’.
Visitors will find a wonderful mixture of the historic and picturesque whitewashed walls contrast against narrow cobbled streets adorned with hanging baskets aglow with a profusion of colour.
The pubs are not only friendly but offer some tantalising fayre to whet the appetite. A tremendous community spirit can be found in Hawkshead Village one that will keep you coming back for more, time and time again.
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. It was left to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter, there is a reasonably level circular path suitable for pushchairs and wheel chairs with assistance.
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. Please visit hawksheadtrout.com
The 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. There are walks for all abilities, including specially designed routes for wheelchair and pushchair users, and children will love the sculpture trail. There is superb off road cycling for all the family with a selection of bikes for hire at the centre. For the adrenaline junkies there is the fantastic North Face MTB trail. The Grizedale tree top adventure Go-Ape always proves a popular day out. Built on a side of a hill, it feels seriously high and that’s because it is. You’ll fly 200 meters across the top of the Grizedale Beck and marvel at the forest canopy 18 meters up a magnificent Douglas Fir trees.
Horse and Pony trekking is available in the local area at Troutbeck, Backbarrow and Grizedale.
Around Hawkshead the Mountain biking is superb and there are routes to suit all abilities. Quiet country lanes can be linked at ease with many off road tracks and trails. Nearby Grizedale Forest offers some fantastic mountain biking for all the family and the North Face Route will test the skills of the best.
You really are in the heart of the Lakes and the quiet Esthwaite Valley offers some great walks for all the family, with gentle rambles through the fields and woods, beautiful forest walks and amazing panoramic views of Latterbarrow and Claife Heights. For more strenuous walking the nearby fells await and within a few minutes drive you’ll find Coniston Old Man, Wetherlam and the Langdales. For fully guided days out on the fells, see cobwebsadventure.co.uk or call Dave on 07855 476 425.
All the family can find boating of all kinds on nearby Windermere and Coniston Water.
Local websites of interest
www.travelzoo.com – 101 things to do in the Lake District