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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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                                                                                                      Clean, well equiped ,lovely little cottage in a beautiful Cumbrian location

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                                                                                                      We had a wonderful 10 stay in a village which immediately felt homely. South Cottage was warm, clean, comfortable and very well appointed. The location of Orton Village was rural, yet accessible, set in a dip in the valley, where all lanes out lead to the most magnificent views. We were able to go for circular walks out of the village up the hills and back down various lanes, meeting friendly people and animals along the way. It was really easy getting to the A66 or M6 without ever hearing them from the village. We had days out to Richmond (Yorkshire), Kendle and over the border to Scotland (visiting family). The village pub was extremely welcoming and friendly, serving good home cooked food, lunchtime and evenings. Such a lovely place to visit, we are now looking for a home there, as we are relocating.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      Home from home

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                                                                                                      The cottage was very clean, comfortable and lovely and warm. Very well equipped every thing we needed and more was supplied in the bungalow. Easy walking into Windermere and Bowness. Although we had a car we used the buses to go to Ambleside, Grassmere and Keswick. Bus stop was only two minute walk from bungalow.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      Excellent property

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                                                                                                      This is a lovely, warm and cosy cottage, with beautiful views to the mountains. The place is extremely well-equipped, and the communication from the owners was excellent. The only downside was the traffic noise, but it was only noticeable when the road was wet, so not a major problem.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017