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Things to do near Hawkshead, Ambleside

Stay in Hawkshead and you will experience all the atmosphere of a traditional Lakeland village – four pubs, good shops, and an ancient Church. A short distance away lies Beatrix Potter’s home at Hill Top. At the same time, you’ll have some of the country’s finest scenery just on your doorstep.

We're a long way from the bright lights but you'll never be short of something to do.

Game & Course Fishing

For keen fishermen we have two complimentary guest day tickets to fish from the bank or by boat on Esthwaite Water , just a mile down the road. Esthwaite is renowned for its loch style fishing – the south basin offers bait, lure and fly, and there are boats with electric motors for the 200 acres of fly-only at the north basin.

Walking & Cycling

Hawkshead is the ideal location for walkers and cyclists, and well placed for touring the Lakes by car. Indeed, as well as its claim to be ‘the prettiest village in the Lake District’, Hawkshead can justly also claim to be at the centre of the National Park and the perfect starting point for your explorations of this beautiful corner of England.

Grizedale Forest

Just above Hawkshead lies Grizedale Forest, some 9,000 acres, with many nature trails and picnic sites and the award-winning Sculpture Trail, the country’s largest collection of sculpture in the landscape. Over 60 sculptures await discovery!

Perfect for mountain bikers with its endless forest tracks including the 16km north Face Trail.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter may have been born in London, but it was the Lake District that really became her home – and she went on to buy farms around the area, and to marry a local solicitor from Hawkshead itself. This means that the beautiful Lake District countryside now comes alive with celebrations of her life and work, with key attractions including The World of Beatrix Potter and her house on Hill Top, just a little distance from our village.

Windermere Lake Cruises

No matter where you start your journey, be it Ambleside, Bowness, Brockhole or Lakeside Pier, you’ll be treated to stunning views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.

Many of the cruises visit popular locations such as the Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakes Aquarium and more.

GO Ape Grizedale

Go Ape offers you a fantastic opportunity to discover Grizedale Forest from the air! This tree-top adventure will test your nerves with its mix of high ropes and huge zip wires.

There is also the opportunity for youngsters to experience the action with the Tree Top Junior experience.

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