30th April 2005

Hawkshead Village and Esthwaite Water.


Walk Overview
Time Morning
Duration 3 hr
Distance 2.3 mile
Ascent 200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hawkshead

Despite the size of this car park, the popularity of Hawkshead makes it a bit of a hit and miss affair as far as getting a space goes. If you do manage to get parked then you're in for a real treat because Hawkshead really does give you a glimpse back in time.

Needless to say there is a substantial charge the privilege of parking here.


Route Map

It was a typical dull and damp day from a bank holiday weekend, so we thought we'd take advantage of the weather (if that makes sense), give the fells a miss, and have a look around the village of Hawkshead and then have a short walk to Esthwaite Water.

There were actually quite a few people in the village today, but with a mixture of being patient and a little bit of good look I managed to get some "almost" people free pictures.


Hawkshead isn't that big when compared to some of the other places in the Lake District, but it does have lots of these little narrow streets to explore. If it wasn't for the occasional reminder of the modern world (TV aerials and double yellow lines in this picture) the village looks as though is has remained unchanged for centuries.




An old seat outside the church.

With all the blossoms and the spring flowers in the village, it makes me wish we'd saved this trip for a more sunny day. Then again of the sun had bees shining we would probably have gone onto the fells instead.

From an area of high ground the village is watched over by the late 15th / early 16th century church of St Michael and All Angels.

Looking back to Roger Ground from the path down to Esthwaite Water.

Raining more heavily now on Esthwaite Water.




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Lake District Walks