Amble & ramble

Inspiring places

Explore this lovely old village on foot

Explore this lovely old village on foot

Visit this lovely part of the Lake District, an area that inspired children's author Beatrix Potter so much that she made her home here.

The village of Hawkshead and the countryside around it in Wray and Sawrey are ideal for all the family to visit. Pretty Hawkshead with its quaint courtyards and squares, perfect for those who like to walk on proper streets, or enjoy easy to walk ambles and rambles with the whole family on minor roads, tracks and footpaths.

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Beatrix Potter country

Beatrix Potter was a local resident in this area and a familiar sight in Hawkshead village and the surrounding countryside.

Visit our National Trust Hill Top and Beatrix Potter Gallery pages for more information.

Easy for all the family

Hawkshead Village
In the heart of the countryside, Hawkshead is a conservation village with many lovely examples of Lake District white-walled and slate-roofed buildings. Visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery, wander round and enjoy shops (including the National Trust's shop), tea rooms and traditional pubs.

Wray Castle grounds
These include the shore of Lake Windermere giving great views across to the east, with car parking ( toilets when the castle is open). Find the boathouse and St Margarets Church Low Wray with its Canon Rawnsley connection.

Lake Windermere western shore
The western shoreline of Windermere has sections of surfaced minor road accessible from either Red Nab or Harrowslack car parks, which are easily manageable for those who are less mobile.

If you want to turn an amble into a ramble then there are several low level walks in the area starting from Wray Castle, Red Nab or Harrowslack car parks.