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Hawkshead - Near & Far Sawrey

See Also - Coniston Village - The Grizedale Forest - Tarn Hows - Coniston Water & Mountain - Esthwaite Water

 

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Hawkshead

Overview

Hawkshead lies in the Vale of Esthwaite, surrounded by moorland where the scenery is some of the finest in the Lake District. To the south lies Grizedale Forest, with Lake Windermere to the east and Coniston to the west, putting this pretty little village in the heart of the National Park.

It has a charm, bettered I think only by Cartmel, that makes it one of the most popular villages in South Lakeland. Two interlinking squares lead off to a maze of little alleyways, the buildings an eclectic mix of stone, timber and whitewash, many overhanging the pavements.

The village dates back to the middle ages and was big in the wool market, prosperous and happy, especially as it once boasted seven inns, one for each day of the week. Today that number has been shaved to a mere four.

Hawkshead has connection to two giants of history, Beatrix Pottter and William Wordsworth who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature.

A mile or so from the Hawshead are the two villages of Near and Far Sawrey. Set by Esthwaite Water these toe, conjoined little hamlets are famous for two things - The home of Beatrix Potter and The Tower Bank Arms, the only National Trust pub in the UK.

All around are walks and treks; where short drives by car bring you iconic places such as Tarn Hows, Coniston Water and the forest and the lanes ideal for cycling.

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Shopping - Dining - Entertainment

Popularity does bring a few downsides to small villages, often in the shape of gift shops at the expense of all others. Although Hawkshead has its fair share of this genre, it still retains a good chemist and post office, a village co-op, the Honeypot deli and the renowned Hawkshead Relish Company, created by Mark and Maria Whitehead, where from early beginnings in the kitchen at home, the brand has become international, winning a clutch of awards.

On the edge of the village is the Stewardson empire, run by Lee Stewardson. These two clothes shops have been here for years, one selling good outdoor gear, the other quality classical fashion wear such as Burberry. Hawkshead Clothing is another large outlet selling mid range affordable kit and last but not least, Summit Treks selling pro Gear and offering all manner of activities.

Sixpenny Bears is one of the largest bears shops in the UK, and Poppy Red who describe themselves as a pamper emporium of pottery, jewellery, clothes and cushions along with a rather nice café.

There are four pubs of which we have sampled two. The Queens Head, a very Elizabethan looking structure serving both good food and ale and The Kings Head, in ‘ The Square’, which has friendly staff, excellent beer and robust food. The starter of Yorkshire pudding, a great slab of gorgeous golden batter soaked in gravy, would set me up on its own. 

If you widen your horizon you can track down the renowned Drunken Duck Inn and, as mentioned, the Tower Bank Arms. The Duck used to be a smoke filled, sawdust on the floor, beer swilling favourite of walkers and mountain climbers. Today it is a chic gastro pub. The food is top quality and is sister pub to the Punch Bowl Inn at Crosthwaite, but, you know, I miss the old version.

The Towerbank Arms is a lovely traditional inn serving decent food and local ales. Its claim to fame is that it appears in the books of Potter, as do many of the surrounding buildings of the villages.

 

 

Out And About - Local Walks - Activities

Locally there are a number of places to visit, even more activities and endless hours of glorious walks, treks and climbs.

In the village you can visit the old Grammar School, where Wordsworth was educated. Look out for the desk where he carved his name

In the square is the museum dedicated to Beatrix Potter. The building was her husbands solicitors office and is much unchanged,

At nearby Sawrey is Hill Top, Beatrix's home and open to the public.

Over at Coniston is the Ruskin Museum, along with Brantwood House, home of John Ruskin, where you can see an exhibition of Ruskin's life and work.

For the adventurous there is Summit Treks with outlets both in Hawkshead and Coniston. Run by Ron Rutland, his teams will take you rock climbing, abseiling, aqua-sailing, canoeing and mountain biking. Similar are Joint Adventures, or you may like to try some avian pursuits, taking to the air with Coniston Paragliding.

At the Coniston Boating Centre you can hire all manner of craft from sailing boats to canoes, windsurfers to little motorboats, all there for you to have fun mucking about in and on the water.

Esthwaite Water lies a mile south of the village, a small tarn that is the home of the Hawkshead Trout Farm. You can hire fishing tackle, boats and bait and spend a day catching supper of rainbow trout, or dine in one of the pubs and tell your friends about the monster that got away.

Tarn Hows is a short drive out of the village. A picture perfect tarn it is surround by high fell and forest. The National Trust are in charge of the tarn, where they have installed a round water pathway that is suitable for all, where you can even hire a Tramper electric scooter – check the NT website. More challenging walks over Latterbarrow and Claife Heights with their panoramic views of the distant fells.

The Grizedale Forest runs down the east shore of Coniston Water. This huge managed woodland, has well laid out tracks that take you on a wonderful nine mile trek, passing the many sculptures that have been created along the trail. The visitor centre has maps and guides so you can get the best out of your time in the forest. There are some challenging mountain bike trails and you can hire bikes by the day. Finally there is Go Ape, a great tree top adventure, swinging, scrambling and zip wiring through the forest canopy where you can release your inner Tarzan – or Jane.

 

Lake District Cottages In And Around The Hawkshead Area

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Hawkshead - Near & Far Sawrey

Links & Tourist Information Centres
Hawkshead Tourist Information Centre
Hawkshead Main Street
Cumbria LA22 0NS
Tel 015394 36946
E-Mail hawksheadtic@lake-district.gov.uk

Hawkshead Community Website

Pubs & Inns
The Kings Arms Hotel
Queen's Head
The Outgate Inn A mile out side of the village
The Drunken Duck  Near Tarn Hows

Shopping
Stewardsons Outdoor Clothing
Hawkshead Relish
Poppi Red
Haddows Gifts

Mueseums
Beatrix Potter Gallery
 
Activities
Grizedale Mountain Biking
Grizedale Forest 
Go Ape
Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery
 
Near & Far Sawrey

Village Web Site

Tower Bank Arms
The Cuckoo Brow Inn

Hill Top - Beatrix Potter's House open to the public

Sawrey Car Ferry
Sawrey Ferry Time Table

 

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Townson Ground House

North East Shore - Coniston
• Sleeps 13/14
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Access to Lake Shore & Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Tinkler Beck Farm

Coniston
• Sleeps 6
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No Pets During School Holidays
• Private Lake Shore with Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Wetherlam

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2 Plus 2
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Shore with Jetties
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Grizedale

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 1
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Private Lake Shore and Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Waterfall Cottage

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Force Mill Barn

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite
• Sleeps 2 Plus 2
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Sun Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Tinkler Beck Cottage

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 8
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Private Lake Shore with Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband - Whirlpool Bath
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Tent Lodge

Coniston
• Sleeps 12 - Additional bed space in attic bedroom if required
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lakeside Access with Jetties
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Carr Crag Cottage

Skelwith Bridge - Near Ambleside
• Sleeps 6
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Tent Lodge Cottage

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No Pets During School Holidays
• Lakeside Access & Mooring
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Off Season Reduced Rentals For Parties 2 - Please Call
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Brigg House

Coniston
• Sleeps 10
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Garden Hot Tub
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Heathwaite Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Windrush

Coniston
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Garden House

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Three Springs

Coniston
• Sleeps 6
VE 3 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake Views
• Wi Fi Broadband
• Off Season Reduced Rentals For Parties 2 & 4 - Please Call
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Somewhere

North East Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Garden Hot Tub
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Meadowcroft

Sawrey - Near Hawkshead
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Park Gate Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
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Rock Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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The Dairy

Atkinson Ground - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Whirlpool Bath
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How Head House

North East Shore - Coniston
• Sleeps 8
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake & Mountain Views
• Wi Fi Broadband
• Whirlpool Bath - Pool Table
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Hay Barn

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Heathwaite Farm

Coniston
• Sleeps 10
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
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• Lake & Mountain Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Campbell

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband