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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Hawkshead, Lake District your home away from home

Hawkshead is a scenic town just south of Ambleside. It comprises narrow traffic-free streets and alleyways lined with quaint whitewashed cottages. Its heyday was in the 18th century when it was an important market town for the local wool industry. William Wordsworth, a local resident, described the town in some of his poems. Above the old Grammar School where he was educated from 1778 to 1783 is the church of St Michael which dates from the 16th century. The other famous resident in the Hawkshead area was Beatrix Potter and her properties now belong to the National Trust.

Things to Do in Hawkshead, Lake District Outdoor Pursuits

Hill walking is by far the most popular activity in this lovely area but cycling, horse riding and climbing can also be enjoyed. The lakes and rivers provide the ideal location for fishing, canoeing, rafting, sailing and kayaking.

Visit the Church

The lovely Church of St Michael has an interesting 16th century altar tomb. It also has some unusual wall paintings dating back to the 17th century of psalms and other bible quotations.

Local Dining

The delightful pubs and inns in the area around your Hawkshead holiday home are the best place to relax in authentic surroundings and enjoy home-cooked food. There are also many cafés in the area which serve light snacks during the day.

Places to Visit Near Hawkshead, Lake District Hawkshead Hall

This National Trust property was built by the monks of Furness Abbey during the reign of Henry III. Most of the hall was destroyed during the Reformation but the remaining courthouse is the home of the interesting Museum of Rural Life. Ravenglass

The miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was opened in 1875 to transport iron ore from Eskdale to Ravenglass. Now restored, visitors can take a 7-mile journey on this miniature railway through some of the most unspoilt Lake District scenery. It is approximately 44 km (28 miles) from your Hawkshead holiday cottage.

Beatrix Potter's Home

Hill Top, one of Beatrix Potter's homes where she wrote delightful stories of wildlife characters, is now managed by the National Trust. It is exactly as it was when she lived there from 1905.

Weather in Hawkshead, Lake District

The Lake District is one of the dampest regions in the British Isles. It has cool winters with average daily highs around 44°F (7°C) and some snow. Summers reach 68°F (20°C) in August and may be cloudy with showers. Spring and autumn are the most popular seasons to visit this scenic area.

Travel to Hawkshead, Lake District

The nearest airport to your holiday home in Hawkshead is Newcastle(NCL) Airport which is 143km (89 miles) away. The other option is the Leeds/Bradford (LBA) International Airport which is 132 km (82) miles away. It is an easy scenic drive from either of these airports to Hawkshead.

The Lake District is also very accessible by train from London’s Euston Station or Manchester to Oxenholm (Kendal), Penrith or Carlisle. You can pick up a hire car from the station, making the journey very pleasant and hassle free.

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Recent Reviews

Lovely snug and comfortable cottage with all you need and more under one roof.

5 of 5
This is the third time we have stayed at the granary and each time we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be returning again. This cottage literally has everything you could ever need under one roof and more. It is extremely child friendly with lots of toys and books for them to enjoy. The owners have even provided a child gate which is very handy, although it would be beneficial to have one for the top and bottom of the stairs. We were also slightly disappointed on this visit that the cottage wasn't as clean as it usually is. From experience though this must have just been an oversight on this occasion as normally it is pristine! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay though and can't wait to return again soon.
  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

Lovely cottage, lovely location, lovely local pub!

5 of 5
The cottage is spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. The location is beautiful and we had no problem getting around. We loved the Inn at the end of the road, it's very busy but you can see why! Great food and very friendly. Would definitely recommend.
  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017