3.1 of 5 (36 votes)

A circular walk around Hawkshead

A moderate walk (woodland) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 12.60km (7.83 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 298m (977ft)
Loss 301m (987ft)
Max. Elevation 250m (820ft)
Elevation (total) 599m (1964ft)
Start & End
Hawkshead
Distance 12.60km
(7.83mi)
Duration ~4:15
Difficulty  
Moderate
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 30 Nov 2014
This walk explores the forests around Hawkshead and Near Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter's house is found. It's low-level, but there is a bit of navigation to be done among the forest tracks. It's hard to get very lost, though. There us a little bit of road walking, but this should be a suitable walk for most well-trained families.

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Waypoints

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Bus 505, the Coniston Rambler, runs from Kendal and Ambleside and stops at Hawkshead.
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From the village centre, head along Vicarage Lane.
About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
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At the end of the road, a bridleway leads into the northern reaches of Grizedale Forest. Follow this to join a forest track.
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
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The trail climbs gently through the forest, meeting the cycle trails that cross through Grizedale.
About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
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Cross the road and continue south along the bridleway through the forest.
About 1.15 km (~0.71 miles) from
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At the junction of paths, take the downhill route to your left.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
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When you meet the road, turn left then immediately right along the end of Esthwaite Water.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
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Beyond the lake, you reach Near Sawrey. Stop at the Tower Bank Arms for a drink if you are thirsty: www.towerbankarms.co.uk
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
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The bridleway heading north from the village will lead you to Moss Eccles Tarn.
About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
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Continue heading uphill past Wise Een Tarn then into the woods around Claife Heights.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
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A bit of tricky navigation through the woods here; you need to follow the paths to a four-way junction. Turn left here, then immediately pick up the footpath going up hill.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Enjoy the views over Hawkshead and Esthwaite Water from Latterbarrow.
About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Descending from Latterbarrow, turn left at the road to pass through the hamlet of Colthouse.
About 0.97 km (~0.6 miles) from
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Follow the road back to Hawkshead village.
About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from

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