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Hawkshead village in the Lake District of England Attractions, Photos and Accommodation.

Hawkshead is a popular village situated about 4 miles west of Lake Windermere via the Windermere ferry, or 5 miles southwest of Ambleside at the north end of Lake Windermere. The village has a good selection of shops, cafe's, and inns for meals.

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Hawkshead attracts many visitors for its connections to the writers William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. After the death of William Wordsworth mother at their home in Penrith in 1778, William and his brother Richard were sent to lodge with Mr & Mrs Tyson in the village of Hawkshead, where they attended the grammar school in Hawkshead from 1779 - 1787. The Tyson Cottage now serves as a B&B property that can be viewed from Wordsworth Street, Large Image. After attending St. John's College in Cambridge, William lived at Dove Cottage in Grasmere 1799 - 1808, then Alan Bank in Grasmere 1808 - 1810, then Rydal Mount in Rydal from 1813 till his death in 1850. He is Buried in St Oswald's Church in Grasmere.

Beatrix Potter grew up in London and became famous for her children's books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. At the age of 39, she bought Hill Top Farm in the small village of Near Sawrey, 2 miles southeast of Hawkshead. She married a solicitor from Hawkshead named William Heelis at the age of 47. William Heelis home in Hawkshead now serves as the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Potter published over 23 books and bought a number of sheep farms in the Lake District. She died of pneumonia and heart disease on the 22nd December 1943, in her home named Castle Cottage at Near Sawrey, aged 77. She was cremated at Carleton Crematorium in Blackpool. Potter left most of her property to the National Trust. Much of this land is now part of the Lake District National Park.

Attractions around Hawkshead are Hill Top House 2 miles southeast where Beatrix Potter lived Map, Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery 1 and a Half miles south Map, Grizedale Forest 5 miles southwest for walking, biking, outdoor sculptures and Go Ape Zip Lines, Map, and Coniston 4 miles west for boat trips on Coniston Water Map.

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The Beatrix Potter Gallery
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Beatrix Potter Information
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St Michael And All Angels Church Hawkshead
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Hawkshead Square
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Grahams Shop Hawkshead
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Kings Arms Hotel Hawkshead
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