Hawkshead Hall

UK England North West England Cumbria Hawkshead

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Easy-going site in gentle scenery

In a small and very compact space the Lake District scenery varies from the savage to the serene, with wilderness giving way to the quaint. The area immediately around Hawkshead, and Hawkshead Hall Campsite, falls fair and square on to the serene and quaint side – the green and extremely cute Lake District of Beatrix Potter, as opposed to the high hills of Wainwright.

Two spacious, open fields comprise the campsite, whose facilities are enthusiastically maintained, and whose views are smooth and free from any rocky heights that might obscure the sun and spoil your tan. 

Those high hills also bring rain, and it is said that this part of the Lake District is much drier than the mountainous lands to the north. The walking here is gentle, and Hawkshead village is a lovely half-mile stroll along a traffic- free track.

The village – and its huge clothes shop – besides having all sorts of historical links with Lakeland’s literate nobility, is also agreeably charming. This is the Lake District for the family holiday, and for those in need of total mind or body relaxation... Or both.



The site is spread over 2 very large fields, and even at full capacity (150 pitches) there’s plenty of room. 
A limited number of electric hook-ups are available. There's a brand spanking new shower block containing 8 heated showers (4 mens, 4 ladies), toilets, wash basins, shaving points, and hair dryers. There's also a separate campsite utility room for washing dishes etc. No campfires.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Big groups, lone backpackers – no (families and couples only).


Head to Hawkshead village for a mosey around. Renowned beauty spot Tarn Hows is a glorious 2-mile
walk from the site, and John Ruskin’s stately home (01539 441396) lies over the other side of Grizedale Forest.

Food & Drink

A good selection of eateries in the village. Sawrey House (01539 436387) has a classy restaurant at night, and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s Tea Room in the day.

Opening Times

Mid March–mid October.


Contact Hawkshead Hall, Hawkshead Hall Farm, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 ONN

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Getting There

Take the ferry from Bowness across Windermere, then follow the B5285 through Sawrey and Hawkshead. The site is on the right, just beyond the village.

Regular bus no. 505 from Ambleside to Coniston passes the site.


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