Hawkshead is a picturesque village in Lake District National Park, technically the smallest true town in Britain.

View of Hawkshead

Get in

By car

Take the A590 to Ambleside, then follow the signs for Hawkshead. A pleasant alternative is via the Windermere Ferry which takes about 10 minutes to cross Widermere Lake from Bowness to Far Sawrey.

By train

To Windermere Station then by bus or taxi to Hawkshead.

By bus

From Ambleside.

Get around

The village itself is compact, and can be walked around in about 5 minutes.


The little town is a warren of centuries-old alleyways, cobbled streets and pretty houses.


Hawkshead has a range of outdoor clothing shops, and is the home of the Hawkshead brand of outdoor casualwear. Serious walkers are also well served by Stewardsons, Summitreks and Great Outdoors. There is a variety of gift shops, a good book shop, a pharmacy, post office/newsagents and a Co-op for basic food needs. The Honeypot sells a selection of quality local foods, and the Hawkshead Relish Company produces and sells an award-winning range of preserves, chutneys and sauces.


A fine example is Oak Apple Barn, a beautifully converted 17th century barn (sleeps 2-4), in a wonderfully quiet location 15 minutes walk from the village.

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