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

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

VisitEngland 4 Star Bed & Breakfast £70-£90 prpnb, Coniston

Lattendales Guest House

VisitEngland 4 Star Guest House £35-£45 pppnb, Ambleside

The Howbeck Guest House

AA 5 Gold Star Guest House £109-£269 prpnb, Windermere

Oak Bank Hotel - Conservatory

AA 3 Star Hotel £108-£345 prpnb, Grasmere

Fair Rigg

VisitEngland 4 Star Guest House £29-£47 pppnb, Bowness-on-Windermere

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