Visit Hawkshead and Grizedale

  • Hawkshead Church
  • Esthwaite Water
  • Lakes Alive
  • Lakes Alive
  • Hawkshead in the snow
  • Grizdale Lion Statue
  • Grizedale Bike Trail

about Hawkshead and Grizedale:


• The multitude of public rights of way, quiet lanes and forest tracks are ideal for walking, cycling and riding.

• Further south, the extensive coniferous plantations of Grizedale provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities.

• Hawkshead’s cobbled streets and clusters of whitewashed cottages huddled around secluded courtyards give the village a sense of intimacy.

• Narrow passageways with interesting names such as Leather, Rag and Putty Street, now Wordsworth Street, invite exploration and at every turn.

• The tranquil lake of Esthwaite Water, fringed by lush meadows and overlooked by the seemingly endless wooded slopes of Grizedale and Claife Heights, is noted for its trout fishery.

• At its southern end lie the twin villages of Far and Near Sawrey; the latter famously associated with Beatrix Potter's house at Hill Top, where she wrote and illustrated several of her famous books.

• Nearby are Coniston and Ambleside, whilst a short ferry crossing connects with Bowness on the far side of Windermere.



Natural Environment

Art and Culture


Places to stay

Millbeck Guest House

Fair Booking £35-£55 pppnb, Windermere

Room 6

VisitEngland 4 Star Guest House £37-£149 prpn, Windermere

The Gables

Quality Cumbria Assessed £40-£130 prpnb, Ambleside

Hill Crest Country Guest House

VisitEngland 5 Star Guest House £40-£50 pppnb, Windermere

High Dale Park Barn

VisitEngland 3 Star Self-catering £225-£688 pupw sleeps 2-6, Hawkshead

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