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Hawkshead Town Information

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Replete with interestingly narrow, cobbled streets, the village of Hawkshead, near Ambleside, used to be a key woollen centre and still retains a sense of the bygone. Poet William Wordsworth went to grammar school here (between 1779 and 1787) and his desk, with his name carved on it, has become a latter-day tourist attraction.

No visit to Hawkshead would be complete without a tour of the unique Beatrix Potter Gallery containing some of the children’s book writer’s original drawings. On her death she donated land and a number of local buildings to the fledgling National Trust.

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Hawkshead Village Centre
Photo: Pam Brophy CCL