The lake district: Hawkshead Village/Cumbria

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Hi all! Welcome back to my blog. It’s been a while since I posted about my failed trip to the Lake district, but I’m back today with a post of the more successful visit.

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Unlike the organised trip last time, this trip was carefully planned out. Well, I say carefully planned out, but due to my train being two- minutes late on arrival, I missed the bus to Hawkshead, then had to wait an hour for the next oneπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ. Nonetheless, it turned out to be one of my favourite trips of 2021.


Hawkshead is a beautiful market village made up of white stone houses, arches and cute tearooms. It is located in Cumbria, England in the South Lakeland area.

Some fun facts about Hawkshead

It was established by the monks of Furness Abbey (The wealthiest and largest monastery in North England) as the main centre for the wool trade.

Beatrix Potter lived only two miles away from here in her Hill top house in a village called Near Sawrey. Her husband William Heelis, a solicitor from Hawkshead worked in the building which is now the Beatrix Potter Museum in Hawkshead. Beatrix also spent many family holidays here in Hawkshead.

Most of the buildings here were built in and between the 17th and 18th centuries.

William Wordsworth schooled here at the Hawkshead Grammer School, he came here in 1779 after his mother passed away. He and his brother Richard stayed here and lived with a local widow named Ann Tyson. His experience of the nature here during his adolescent years inspired his poetry writing.

How I spent my time here

In all honesty, I didn’t spent a great deal of time here, due to me missing the bus. I only spent around 50mims here as I had to take the very next bus back to Windermere. Although, to be fair I think this was sufficient time since there wasn’t many places open due to Covid.

I Strolled around the streets, alleyways and residential areas admiring the beautiful stoned white buildings and houses.

I visited St Michael and All Angels Church

This church and church yard sits on a hill looking over the village, with views of Esthwaite Water, Helvellyn and the Langsdales, aswell as Claife Heights.

It was also the place where William Wordsworth liked to sit and I could see why.

As I mentioned earlier most of the places were closed, but if your thinking of putting this place on your bucket list I have listed a few suggestions of places to visit here.

Places to visit here in Hawkshead

Beatrix Potter Museum

Minstrels Gallery

St Michael and All Angels Church

The Little Ice Cream Shop

The Old Grammar School

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

Hawkshead Courthouse

The Chocolate factory

Tips and Advice for travelling to Hawkshead


Travelling by car – Please be aware the centre of Hawkshead is closed to cars as it is a car free zone. There is a car park just on the outskirts, see here for more information and price details.

Public Transport

Travelling by bus or train – Take the train to Windermere train station, get on the 505 at the bus stop directly outside the train station.

Purchase a Hop on and off day ticket for Β£8.50, this can take you all around the lake district. Check here for more ticket options including tickets for children, families and groups.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog today, please feel free to share with anyone you feel it may benefit.

Many thanks for reading

Stay blessed πŸ™πŸΎ

Natalie ❀

8 thoughts on “The lake district: Hawkshead Village/Cumbria

  1. I enjoyed having a look at this quaint village. I can imagine Peter Rabbit on a bunny trail here. In the US trains are never on time. It is great your rail system seems much more reliable.

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    • Ha Peter Rabbit is all over the lake district, they really cash in on him 🀣. Thank you so much for reading and I’m glad you liked it.


  2. It’s those rushed visits in between stops that really tests how much you can see and do in one place. My first (and only) time in Ljubljana, Slovenia was a two-hour stop from Zagreb to Venice, and you bet that I whisked myself through the city at rapid-fire pace! Your time in Hawkshead Village is impressive, as you saw so much! Such a quaint little place!

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    • Haha so funny to read Rebecca! It’s so true! I was the same here 🀣. Its funny how we use our time so wisely when there is a limit on time . Thanks for stopping by to read and I’m glad you liked it. πŸ‘πŸΎ

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  3. You certainly got a lot more out of this follow-up trip, lovely. I had a childhood holiday in the Lake District but I was too young to remember any of it now, maybe I’ll visit again one of these days 🏞

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