Winding streets and majestic hills… the Lake District village where cars are forbidden

It is a landscape of majestic hills, fascinating lakes and breathtaking views. But what also makes the Lake District so attractive to visit are the villages dotted around this national park.

There’s one in particular that’s been named ‘one of the UK’s finest’ by The Times, and it’s just over two hours’ drive from Manchester. Hawkshead is located north of Esthwaite Water, sandwiched between the larger lakes of Windermere and Coniston Water.

Along the winding streets of the village are whitewashed cottages topped with slate gray roofs and an assortment of alleys and arches leading to picturesque squares. All the stone constructions crossed by alleys give a lot of charm to the village.

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It’s easy to see why it’s named one of the prettiest villages, and it was just as popular in the past. Both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter had ties to Hawkshead.

The village is full of narrow streets and whitewashed cottages

The famous poet, who wrote “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, went to high school in the village. In the center of the village is the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses some of her original drawings.

What makes the village so magical is that cars are not allowed in the center so you are free to wander the narrow streets without worrying about traffic, giving you an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. modern life. During the warmer months, Hawkshead becomes even more beautiful with hanging baskets filled with flowers.

Esthwaite Water
Esthwaite Water

Throughout Hawkshead you will find cozy tea rooms, old pubs and independent shops. There are also several accommodation options in the village.

After exploring the winding streets, savor a hearty meal at the Kings Arms, an Elizabethan inn with wooden beams. Or pick up local produce at The Honeypot Deli.

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Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm is not far from Hawkshead
Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm is not far from Hawkshead

About a five minute drive away is Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter. Run by the National Trust, this 17th century farmhouse is dedicated to the author. The house was purchased with proceeds from his first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Less than three miles from Hawkshead is Grizedale Forest, which has dozens of trails suitable for cycling, walking and horse riding. It also has a Go Ape course if you are brave enough and a carving trail.

From Hawkshead you can start a walk that will take you to Latterbarrow, a small hill with excellent views of the surroundings. The fall is just over a mile from the village.

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