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There are a variety of events taking place in and around the Hawkshead area. From arts and culture exhibitions to discovering the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter, check out what is on during your visit and browse the events of most interest to you.
Beatrix Potter was particularly fond of the Hawkshead area having spent holidays in the area before with her parents. In 1905 she bought Hill Top Farm at Near Sawrey on the proceeds from her recently published book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The extensive conifer plantations and woodlands of Grizedale are an amenity for a whole raft of activities. Have a go at orienteering, cycle along miles of woodland tracks, follow the sculpture trails or learn more about the forest and its inhabitants on a guided walk with a forest ranger.
Densely wooded area with a myriad of bridleways, footpaths and forest tracks running through. These woodlands were once ‘worked' for charcoal production (to smelt iron ore and other minerals) and are dotted with old pitsteads (circular flat platforms)
It was the coarse grey fleece of this sheep that provided the abbey with a great deal of its wealth. Local weavers would produce cloth from the spun wool, which was washed and hung on tenterframes to be stretched back into shape; local place names such as Tenter Hill (SD 338 997) are indicative of this former activity. The cloths were taken to Kendal to be finished and turned into hardwearing garments for the working classes.
Hawkshead Hall was the administrative centre for this northern outpost of the Abbey's estate. Here the monks would receive tithes, collect wool and despatch it for spinning and weaving and sell on the woven pieces of cloth. The trade in woollen goods was highly profitable for the monks, providing over a quarter of the Abbey's entire income.
In earlier times it was the custom to call for a rowing boat when one was required. One stormy night a call was answered by a ferryman who rowed across the lake to Bowness only to return in a state of shock. The next morning he developed a rapid fever and died.
Thereafter, on stormy nights whenever there were strange calls for a boat from Ferry Nab, no-one would dare go. Eventually a priest exorcised the Crier of Claife to a quarry on Claife Heights, but occasionally the ghostly calls for a boat can still be heard.
High Wray was the scene of a series of murders in 1672, all carried out by one man; Thomas Lancaster. Thomas wanted to marry a local girl from High Wray who was already betrothed to someone else so he bribed her father to allow him to marry her instead; an event which took place on 1 Jan 1672.
An imposing mock Gothic castle built by James Dawson in the 1840s using money from his wife's inheritance. Beatrix Potter stayed here in 1882 whilst on holiday with her parents. Grounds open all year round.
A great way of looking down on Hawkshead and its vale is from the domed top of Latterbarrow. The short uphill walk is well worth the pleasure of experiencing panoramic views over the surrounding lakes and far distant mountains. Ambleside is clearly visible, as are the mountains of Helvellyn, Langdale Pikes and Coniston Old Man.
Step into the world of Beatrix Potter in this 17th century farmhouse, which provided the inspiration for 8 of her books including The Tale of Tom Kitten and The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. It remains much the same as when she lived here, with many of her paintings, furniture and china on view.
Attractive mix of woodland and formal gardens, originally designed by Thomas Mawson, the internationally renowned landscape gardener, in 1889. The carefully selected planting of rhododendrons, azaleas and flowering shrubs provide a kaleidoscope of colour in springtime.
This 15th century courthouse over an arched gateway is all that remains of the manorial buildings that once belonged to Furness Abbey. Here the villagers would come to pay their rents and tithes, and wrongdoers would be tried and punished or acquitted. For more serious crimes, offenders were sent to the gallows on a nearby hill. Free admission but access is by key from the National Trust shop in Hawkshead
A small reserve on the western shore of Windermere comprising meadow, wetland and scrub habitats. Several species of butterfly have been recorded including large skipper, small copper and brimstone. Frogs, lizards and grass snakes can also be seen here and the occasional red squirrel.