Discover the hidden gems of Hawkshead with Windermere Lake Cruises

Things to do in Hawkshead and the surrounding villages

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Discover the hidden gems of Hawkshead with Windermere Lake Cruises

Why not visit Hawkshead this summer?

Hawkshead, a picturesque village reminiscent of a chocolate box scene, is where the beloved author Beatrix Potter once lived. If you're seeking charm and tradition, Hawkshead is the quintessential English village you must experience!

With our new route from Bowness to Ash Landing, getting to Hawkshead has never been more convenient. Once you arrive, the 525 Mountain Goat bus will be waiting to take you on a scenic journey to this enchanting village.

There's so much to see and do in Hawkshead. Aside from enjoying the stunning beauty of the English Lake District, you can explore quaint shops and savour delicious meals at charming cafes and restaurants. Every corner of Hawkshead is brimming with history and character.

Ready to explore? Check out our guide to make the most of your visit to Hawkshead!


Pure lakes

Explore Pure Lakes

A hidden gem just a 10-minute stroll from Ash Landing pier. This charming shop isn't just another pretty face; it's where handcrafted bath and body treats are born! Witness firsthand as Clare, Gareth, and their team transform natural ingredients into luxurious goodies.

Feeling crafty? Book a relaxing candle or soap-making workshop for a truly unforgettable experience.

Hill Top

Head to Hill Top

Live a literary dream at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's former farmhouse, just a short distance away. Her 17th-century home, preserved exactly as she left it, offers a glimpse into her life and inspiration. Explore the cosy rooms, brimming with her personal touches, and imagine her crafting beloved tales like Peter Rabbit. After your exploration,grab a takeaway coffee or cake from Joeys Cafe,conveniently located on the grounds.

Grasmere gingerbread

Enjoy Grasmere Gingerbread

The beloved Grasmere Gingerbread, a delectable treat steeped in tradition, has finally arrived in Hawkshead! This delightful addition brings even more variety to the charming village. Grab a coffee and a delicious slice of gingerbread, then browse their delightful gift shop overflowing with treasures.

Billy's restaurant

Billy's restaurant

Hawkshead welcomes a new gem – Billy's Restaurant! Whether you're a local foodie, a family seeking a welcoming space, or an adventurer exploring the Lakes, Billy's offers a warm embrace. Indulge in delicious breakfasts, leisurely lunches, or celebratory dinners – their menu caters to every craving.

Hawkshead chocolate factory

Chocolate Factory

Sweeten your trip to Hawkshead with a visit to The Chocolate Factory, a haven for families and friends. For an unforgettable experience, sign up for one of their family-friendly chocolate workshops. These fun, interactive sessions are perfect for both children and adults.ou'll also find an irresistible range of freshly made butter and cream fudges, alongside delightful gifts and souvenirs.

Hawkshead grammar school

Hawkshead Grammar school

See the very desk where Wordsworth once sat, and imagine the inspiration he found within these walls. The museum also offers a fun interactive experience for children. They can try their hand at writing with a quill pen and dress up in clothing similar to what Wordsworth might have worn. It's a captivating way for young minds to connect with literary history.

Hawkshead relish

Relish in Hawkshead Relish

Calling all foodies! No visit to Hawkshead is complete without a trip to Hawkshead Relish, a haven for condiment connoisseurs. This award-winning shop boasts a flavour explosion for every palate.


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