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Things to do in Hawkshead

Hawkshead in the Lake District is an unspoilt village of traditional Lakeland white washed cottages and narrow streets lined with speciality shops, tearooms and pubs. Set amongst undulating farmland, mixed woodland and small tarns, Hawkshead is close to the Grizedale Forest attractions.

The village is pedestrianised, with a large car park on the outskirts. You can arrive by ferry service (foot Hawkshead Churchpassengers and cars) from Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through Near Sawrey, where you will find Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter. Why not visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, a 17th century building which has remained largely unaltered? It has an exhibition of a selection of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and illustrations, changing each year.

The Old Grammar School is open to visitors, having closed as a school in 1909. The ground floor classroom retains many old desks covered in carvings by the students, including the poet William Wordsworth and his brother John. Upstairs you will find the headmaster's study and a classroom containing an exhibition relating to the history of the school.

Hawkshead... Did you know?

An elephant shoe known as Haaksid’s Girt Clog was specially made for John Waterson, the local mole catcher, who contracted a form of elephantias that greatly enlarged his left foot. The shoe, measuring 20 inches long and 16 inches wide, is on view inside the Queen’s Head Hotel.

The Drunken Duck Inn, near Hawkshead, apparently received its name in Victorian times after beer accidentally drained into a ditch frequented by the local ducks. They lapped up the alcohol and passed into a lifeless stupor. The landlady, thinking they were dead, set about plucking them ready for the oven, then realised what had happened. According to local legend, the ducks were reprieved from being roasted and given knitted jerseys and kilts to wear until their feathers grew back!

Find out more about Hawkshead

Official Tourist Board Guide to Hawkshead Hawkshead Community Website 
What's On in Hawkshead? A Sense of Hawkshead