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Location Guide: Things To Do In Hawkshead

There’s no doubt about it, the Lake District has a lot to offer its visitors. In fact, from day trippers to long weekend seekers, there’s so much on offer it often pays to plan ahead and narrow your search down a little. And you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot as versatile as Hawkshead Village and the surrounding area. With so many things to do in Hawkshead, find out why your next trip to The Lake District might just have already been decided for you.

Hawkshead Village

Whitewashed walls, cobbled streets and black beamed Tudor buildings make walks around Hawkshead more than just a stroll around any old village. Marvel in the architecture while getting lost through maze-like side streets, stopping off at pubs, cafés and farm shops selling local produce along the way. From ice cream to cheese, chocolate and more, days spent indulging in homegrown organic produce while absorbing the sites of Hawkshead village are ones to remember.

All things Beatrix Potter

Staying true to the origin of Peter Rabbit’s Lake District heritage, Hawkshead village is not only home to the Beatrix Potter gallery, displaying a range of her original artwork in an historic 17th century house, but also her home. Hill Top has been preserved just the way she left it, so you can step back in time and experience the inception of Peter Rabbit and friends – ideal for literary lovers as well as children yet to be introduced to the magic of the tales.


Fishing at Esthwaite Water

One of the lesser known lakes in the district, Esthwaite Water is a scenic trout fishery dedicated to fishing for visitors of all experience levels. From first timers to those more experienced on the water, the onsite fish and tackle shop offers tuition for those looking for guidance, whether bank fishing or setting out on the water in a boat. The lake is regularly stocked with quality trout throughout the year, too – so the catch is there for the taking.


Shopping in the Hawkshead Store

If you find yourself strolling through Hawkshead village in need of some new gear for your upcoming excursions, or you’d just like to add to your outdoor wardrobe, why not visit our store? Our flagship Hawkshead shop has all the outdoor gear you’d need, from men’s jackets to women’s fleeces and walking shoes for the kids.

With all the outdoor wear brands in store you’ll be prepped and ready to explore – whether you’re ready and raring or a novice adventurer just getting started. Also, why not make a visit to our café – Naturally Hawkshead Café? Sit back, relax and enjoy a selection of delicious drinks and homemade cakes.

Walking through Grizedale Forest

And where better to head off to after picking up a new pair of walking boots? Grizedale forest offers everything from calming walks near Hawkshead to high ropes courses courtesy of GoApe. With bike trails and forest roads added to the mix too – there are so many ways to experience the forest. So whether you’re looking for a relaxing stroll through the forest, an opportunity to go camping in Hawkshead, or something a little more adrenaline fuelled – there are activities for whatever pursuit you’re after.


Sight seeing at Wray Castle

Sitting on the edge of Lake Windemere just 3 miles North East of Hawkshead village, you’ll find Wray Castle. A Victorian castle with impressive Gothic features, it even has significance for those Beatrix Potter lovers who haven’t quite had their fill. As well as serving as a place for 16-year-old Beatrix Potter on a family holiday, the castle also holds National Trust status, and has previously been used as a youth hostel and Navy training college. Today, the Grade II listed building offers activities for adults and children throughout the year.


Wray Castle
More than just a scenic village, the things to do in Hawkshead and the surrounding area are varied enough to keep visitors of all interests entertained. From pottering around taking in the sights to hiking, fishing, shopping for outdoor gear and more – uncover Hawkshead village. Make sure you see all the sites on your trip to the Lake District. Be sure to visit the nearby Hawkshead stores in Bowness and Grasmere.

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