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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 Windermere 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.




  • 1 Ees Wyke Country House, Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0JZ (on B5285), +44 15394 36393. Charming small hotel in Georgian villa above Esthwaite Water. No children under 12 or dogs. B&B double from £100.
  • Oak Apple Barn. A beautifully converted 17th-century barn for self-catering, sleeps 2-4.
  • 2 Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey LA22 0LQ (on B5285), +44 1539 443425. Dog-friendly hilltop hotel in 18th C inn. B&B double £130.

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