Visit Hawkshead and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Hawkshead, Cumbria, lies near Esthwaite Water and was formerly a market centre. It is one of the most delightful villages in Lakeland, with old cottages and narrow alleyways and courtyards. It was here that Wordsworth went to school when he was sent from Cockermouth at the age of eight after his mother died.
The Grammar School is at the south end of the village. It was built in 1585, and is an interesting structure with old mullioned windows, and a door with large corbels supporting a pediment over which is a big sundial. The school is now a museum and library, and many people go to see the desk on which Wordsworth carved his name. He attended from 1778 until shortly before he went to Cambridge in 1787. “And has the sun his flaming chariot driven”, is among the early verse he wrote at this period. Wordsworth lodged at Anne Tyson's Cottage while at the school.
The Courthouse stands at the north end. This pre-Reformation building is historically connected with the monks of Furness Abbey and in 1932 was given to the National Trust.
St Michael's Church was built in the late 15th century on the site of a l2th-century or earlier church or chapel. The modest tower is in rough stonework. In Wordsworth's time the exterior was whitewashed. The arcades inside have short, thick pillars that lack both base and capital and there are restored mural paintings. There are wall monuments to Thomas Bowman and Daniel Rawlinson, both connected with the grammar school, and to Edwin Sandys who became Archbishop of York. The ancient Quaker Meeting House is at Town End nearby. The medieval gate-house and part of one wing, now a farm-house, survive of Hawkshead Hall, an old manor house. At Hawkshead Hill is the Baptist chapel (1678).
There is a 4-mile walk, as an alternative to driving, between Hawkshead and the ferry at Windermere. A Nature Trail can be followed for an hour, starting at the car park 1 mile from Satterthwaite. Another trail runs from the Claife shore of Windermere.
Nearby towns: Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Kendal, Langdale, Windermere
Nearby villages: Bowland Bridge, Brigsteer, Broughton-in-furness, Burneside, Coniston, Elterwater, Grasmere, Greenodd, Grizebeck, Grizedale, Haverthwaite, Heversham, High Nibthwaite, High Wray, High Yewdale, Kentmere, Lake Side, Levens, Mardale, Newby Bridge, Rusland, Rydal, Seathwaite, Torver, Ulpha, Underbarrow, Wythburn
Have you decided to visit Hawkshead or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Hawkshead bed and breakfast (a Hawkshead B&B or Hawkshead b and b)
- a Hawkshead guesthouse
- a Hawkshead hotel (or motel)
- a Hawkshead self-catering establishment, or
- other Hawkshead accommodation