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

Rockside Guest House

AA 4 Gold Star Guest House £32-£95 prpnb, Windermere

Squirrel Bank Cottage

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-catering £345-£515 pupw sleeps 2, Windermere

3 night break, just £225, 3 night break, just £225
High Dale Park Barn

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

Thornthwaite Farm

VisitEngland 3 to 4 Star Self-catering £300-£700 pupw sleeps 2-6, Broughton-in-Furness

Fellview Guest House

Quality Cumbria Assessed £30 pppn, Bowness-on-Windermere

4 nights for the price of 3
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