There’s plenty to do within the village of Hawkshead itself, but if you’re here for a few days or more then you might want to venture a little further afield. With a range of other beautiful villages right on our doorstep, we certainly can’t blame you – and there’s nothing better than a day’s adventuring followed by a golden pint and some local grub at our bar!
We’ve put together this quick guide to help you get a sense of our surroundings, and maybe even plan a few day trips…
A little distance from Hawkshead itself, Hawkshead hill is a tiny hamlet with a strong sense of community. There are a handful of scattered houses, some tearooms and, most importantly for those of you looking to explore the area, some beautiful walks. The most popular of these will take you up to Tarn Hows – a beauty spot with a well-deserved reputation for stunning sights.
Like Hawkshead, Hawkshead hill has a rich and vibrant history, featuring a Baptist church which was once a meeting house, referred to by Wordsworth in his Description of the Lakes. This chapel is a recommended visit if you would like to learn more about the area.
Satterthwaite, or ‘Summer Pasture in the Clearing’ if you want a direct translation from the Old Norse name. It has an interesting industrial history, with its surrounding woodlands once providing the home to the iron furnaces of Furness Abbey, the trees being used to create charcoal, and the nearby Force Falls helping to power local bobbin mills.
You may well come across Satterthwaite by accident if you’re having a walk through Grizedale forest, as the village is found right in the centre of this gorgeous local forest.
If you have any sort of interest in old architecture then Low Wray should be at the top of your list, with both Wray Castle and St. Margaret’s Antioch – two impressive buildings to be admired. Not actually built as a castle, but rather as a large manor house designed to replicate the Gothic Revival style, Wray Castle is a formidable sight to behold! The castle is closed throughout the Winter, but open to the public the rest of the year around, while the castle grounds can be explored from dawn until dusk, all year.
And, while St. Margaret’s Antioch is no longer a working chapel, you can still take in the 1856 architecture that was originally designed to complement the castle that it sits beside.
Want to meet a local ghost? If so, your best bet is probably heading to Far Sawrey to start a trek across the Claife Heights – the forests of which are said to be haunted by the Claife Crier. The Claife Crier is a local monk with a chilling back story which sees him roaming the landscape wailing after the woman who rejected him. The story doesn’t end there, as the monk is said to call to ferrymen from the west side of lake Windermere after dark, once successfully luring a man across the lake. What became of this unsuspecting ferryman? Well, when he returned his hair was white and he was promptly declared mad, dying just a couple of days later.
Not one for the fainthearted… but now that we’re deep into the witching season, braver travellers may enjoy listening out for the Crier’s moans themselves.
Near and Far Sawrey are also great places to start if you want to head up to the Claife viewing stations, lovingly cared for by the National Trust to offer you some exceptional views of the area.
Check out our guide to local attractions if you want more inspiration for your stay, or contact us today if you’d like to find out more about the accommodation that we can offer. We always love welcoming new guests into the Hawkshead area.