Hawkshead, Blelham Tarn and Wray Castle

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Hawkshead is one of the most beautiful small villages in the Lakes, an ancient township that has flourished since Norse times and belonged to Furness Abbey until the 12th Century. Much loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth and home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery, the grammar school where Wordsworth was educated and also home to the fashion label which bears the village name, Hawkshead is surrounded by beautiful scenery, much of which is owned by the National Trust.

Cars are even banned from the village centre (cars park in the large car park where the walk starts).

This pleasant, undulating walk starts in the village centre and heads across pastureland, woodland and meadow, skirting Blelham Tarn to reach the National Trust property of Wray Castle on the banks of Windermere and returning over open farmland.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South West


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Museum, National Trust, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
20/07/2014 - Michael Fox

We did this walk today (20th July 2014). Starting and finishing at Wray Castle. The castle(house) is now open to the public and well worth a visit.

01/05/2009 - Iain Forsyth

Did this walk Easter 2009, very enjoyable and simple to navigate. Would recomend taking the detour to the Castle for great views over Windermere.

18/06/2006 - Mervyl McCowan

We completed this walk on Friday 10th June 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed it.    The map and pictures were spot on although we should say the signposts and way markings are first rate.   Gently undulating if you are looking for something less strenuous than the higher peaks. Helen & Mac McCowan.

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