UK Travel Guide



Hawkshead in Cumbria

Hawkshead is situated to the west of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. It was at one time a flourishing wool market and the place where William Wordsworth attended school between 1779 and 1787, but today it retains much of its charm with its winding streets, cobbled yards and quaint grey-stoned cottages. This is possibly due to a ban on cars from the town much to the relief of the villagers and others interested in the preservation of this popular tourist site. The Beatrix Potter gallery can be found here and has some of her original illustrations and drawings displayed. She was a stout naturalist and conservationist and left her farm and land in the District to the National Trust. Hawkshead is a short journey from Tarn Hows which is a beauty spot created by enlarging two small tarns into what it is today. It is a site of special scientific interest.