Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Hawkshead

Hill Top

Two miles south of Hawkshead in the tiny village of Near Sawrey, this idyllic farmhouse was purchased in 1905 by Beatrix Potter and was used as inspiration for many of her tales: the house features directly in Samue…
Top Choice Pub Food in Hawkshead

Drunken Duck

Long one of the Lakes' premier dining destinations, the Drunken Duck blends historic pub and fine-dining restaurant. On a wooded crossroads on the top of Hawkshead Hill, it's renowned for its luxurious food and home…
Top Choice Lake in Hawkshead

Tarn Hows

Two miles off the B5285 from Hawkshead, a winding country lane wends its way to this famously photogenic artificial lake, now owned by the National Trust. Trails wind their way around the lakeshore and surrounding w…
Historic Building in Hawkshead

Hawkshead Grammar School

In centuries past, promising young gentlemen were sent to Hawkshead's village school for their educational foundation. Among the former pupils was a certain William Wordsworth, who attended the school from 1779 to 1…
Gallery in Hawkshead

Beatrix Potter Gallery

As well as being a children's author, Beatrix Potter was also a talented botanical painter and amateur naturalist. This small gallery (housed in what were once the offices of Potter's husband, solicitor William Heel…
Pub Food in Hawkshead

Queen's Head

The best choice of several pubs in Hawkshead, with the requisite head-knockingly low ceilings and oak-panelled walls. Decent food plus pleasant four-poster rooms (£98-158) above and more in a modern annexe.
Food in Hawkshead

Hawkshead Relish Company

This village chutney company sells an enormous choice of relishes and jams.