Hawkshead is a lovely little Lakeland village situated at the northern end of Esthwaite Water. It's a great place to visit with pretty streets, lots of nice cafes and an interesting history. Must see attractions include William Wordsworth's Grammar School which was founded in 1585. For a small fee you can tour the school and see the original desks with William Wordsworth's own carvings on them.
The village is also home to the wonderful Beatrix Potter Gallery. The gallery is run by the National Trust and situated in a 17th-century stone-built house. Here you can browse the original sketches and watercolours painted by Potter for her children's stories.
The area is also great for walkers with lots of trails to try. This is a popular one which will take you to several of the highlights of the area. You'll climb to Latterbarrow Hill and along to Claife Heights before descending to the home of Beatrix Potter at Hill Top. There's much to enjoy on the walk with great views, woodland trails, pretty tarns and the bonus of finishing in Near Sawrey where you can visit Hill Top and enjoy refreshments at the pub. At the end of the walk you can return to Hawkshead on the bus.
The walk starts in the centre of the village and follows footpaths past the police station to Crag Wood and onto Loanthwaite Lane. You then climb to Latterbarrow which reaches a height of 803 feet (245 m) with splendid views over Esthwaite Water and Lake Windermere.
The route then descends to the woodland trails on Claife Heights before passing Wise Een Tarn and Moss Eccles tarn. Beatrix Potter owned Moss Eccles and donated it to the National Trust after her death. The tarn is stocked with water lilies and fish, and surrounded by pretty rhododendrons.
The final section then descends to the little village of Near Sawrey and Hill Top. The fascinating house is the 17th century former home of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. You can tour the house and gardens where expert guides will tell you all about the life and works of Beatrix Potter.
After your walk you can enjoy refeshments at the pub in Near Sawrey before catching the bus back to Hawkshead.
Hawkshead Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hawkshead Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hawkshead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Other Walks around Hawkshead
- Esthwaite Water - Enjoy a short stroll down to Esthwaite Water from the village of Hawkshead on this easy walk in the Lake District
- Hill Top to Moss Eccles Tarn - Hill Top is the 17th century former home of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter
- Wray Castle - This walk takes you around the grounds of the National Trust owned Wray Castle and then up to the nearby Blelham Tarn
- Grizedale Forest - This huge forest in the Lake District has several way-marked cycling and walking trails to enjoy
- Latterbarrow - This is a fairly easy climb to Latterbarrow Hill in the Lake District
- Claife Heights - Claife Heights lies between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water in the Lake District