Hawkshead is a quaint village beloved by both Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Made up of cobbled streets and unique historic houses, the village is hugely popular with tourism. There is a lovely selection of inns, guest houses and shops to enjoy.
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Originally part of the Furness Abbey estate, Hawkshead developed as a market town following the dissolution of the monasteries. Many of the buildings you see today were built between the 17th and 18th centuries.
Discover the story of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top, a 17th century farmhouse bought with proceeds from her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The surrounding countryside and Hill Top itself was inspiration for many of her stories.
The Old Grammar School is of great interest to many. Once attended by William Wordsworth himself, the building is now a preserved museum. Additionally, there is access to many of the Lake District’s finest walks, all with striking views, including the Tarn Hows, Latterbarrow and Claife Heights.
Hawkshead has a wide range of lovely independent shops where you can source local produce. There is also a local primary school in Hawkshead, and for those of secondary age, there is the Lake School and the private Windermere School.
Things to Do in Hawkshead
Located just 5 miles from Ambleside, Hawkshead is also close to the A591, leading to the M6. It is also 9 miles from Windermere, where there is access to the train station. Additionally, Windermere Ferry connects the eastern and western shores of Lake Windermere. This is a regular commute for both cars and foot passengers and takes approximately 10 minutes.
The Property Market
Hawkshead has a range of stunning properties, from traditional stone cottages to picturesque country houses. Over the last year, properties sold were up by 25% compared to the previous year.