Welcome to Hawkshead
The quaint village of Hawkshead is made up of cobbled streets, courtyards and bunches of whitewashed cottages sat around isolated courtyards, in the heart of the Lake District. A wealthy medieval town, its rich history includes important connections with the poet William Wordsworth and children's story author Beatrix Potter making camping in Hawkshead perfect for a family break.
Hawkshead has grown since its beginnings as a medieval market town. It's the perfect place for the visitor to experience an idyllic Lake District village located near beautiful forests and lakes. The centre of Hawkshead is closed to cars, which boosts its character and makes wandering around its narrow village streets enjoyable. It offers a good selection of cafes, pubs and shops. It’s no wonder Hawkshead is a popular destination to get away from it all.
Why you should use our YHA campsite in Hawkshead:
- Easy access to the southern fells and Lake Windermere
- Tranquil views of Esthwaite Water
- 24-hour access to hostel facilities
- Meals available
YHA hostels with camping in Hawkshead
This YHA is the perfect base for camping in Hawkshead. The YHA Hawkshead campsite is situated in the Victorian kitchen garden, a picturesque spot that is perfect for organised groups, families or people travelling on their own. Enclosed by woodland with a stream running alongside the site, it's the ideal spot to pitch your tent. The Hawkshead camping site can accommodate up to 10 family sized tents and a couple of small one-man tents. At this campsite, expect peaceful views, fabulous beer and ample Regency charm.
Campers have 24-hour access to all hostel facilities including: the self-catering kitchen, lounge, toilets and showers. Campers can also bring their own BBQ equipment.
Things to do in Hawkshead
Visit Hill Top and enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a tale. Don't miss the lovely cottage garden.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Take a walk-through Miss Potter's famous tales and walk-through scenes from her stories. Come and explore The World of Beatrix Potter where the tales are brought to life.
At Lakes Aquarium, you can discover the secret world of wildlife inside the magnificent waters. There is a gift shop within the aquarium, and a restaurant with panoramic views of Windermere - a great day for all the family.
Windermere Lake Cruises
The spectacular voyage which is Windermere Lake Cruises gives you views of mountain scenery and the charming wooded islands.