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Hawkshead is a picturesque village in Lake District National Park. It is the smallest true town in Britain.

View of Hawkshead

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By car[edit]

Take the A590 to Ambleside, then follow the signs for Hawkshead. A pleasant alternative is via the Windermere Ferry which takes about 10 minutes to cross Widermere Lake from Bowness to Far Sawrey.

By train[edit]

To Windermere Station then by bus or taxi to Hawkshead.

By bus[edit]

From Ambleside.

Get around[edit]

Map of Hawkshead

The village is compact, and can be walked around in about 5 minutes.


The little town is a warren of centuries-old alleyways, cobbled streets and pretty houses.



Hawkshead has a range of outdoor clothing shops, and is the home of the Hawkshead brand of outdoor casualwear. Serious walkers are also well served by Stewardsons, Summitreks and Great Outdoors. There is a variety of gift shops, a good book shop, a pharmacy, post office/newsagents and a Co-op for basic food needs. The Honeypot sells a selection of quality local foods, and the Hawkshead Relish Company produces and sells an award-winning range of preserves, chutneys and sauces.




  • Self-catering

A fine example is Oak Apple Barn, a beautifully converted 17th-century barn (sleeps 2-4), in a wonderfully quiet location 15 minutes walk from the village.

  • Oak Apple Barn. A beautifully converted 17th-century barn, which sleeps 2-4 in a wonderfully quiet location.

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