The 10 Best Things to Do in Hawkshead, United Kingdom (UK)

March 4, 2018 Velvet Mowry

Hawkshead is a village and civil parish in Cumbria, England, which attracts tourists to the South Lakeland area. The parish includes the hamlets of Hawkshead Hill, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) to the north west, and Outgate, a similar distance north. Hawkshead contains one primary school but no secondary school and four public houses.
Restaurants in Hawkshead

1. Go Ape at Grizedale Forest Cumbria

Grizedale Forest Park, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0QJ, England +44 845 519 1798
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4.5 based on 563 reviews

Go Ape at Grizedale Forest Cumbria

Our adventure near Hawkshead (the jewel in our crown) has always proved a popular day out. Built on a side of a hill, it feels seriously high. And that's because it is. Enjoy our epic Tree Top Adventure in the Lakes. Swinging through the canopy, wiping out at the bottom of zip wires and going on an adventure brings people together like nothing else we've ever seen. It really does. You'll fly 200 metres across the top of the Grizedale Beck and marvel at the forest canopy 18 metres up a magnificent Douglas Fir. You and your tribe can expect the ultimate adventure at Grizedale. You can get off the beaten track and enjoy our NEW forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway - an epic experience with a down to earth twist. And Grizedale Forest is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Tiny Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids! Zip Trekking Adventure is a brand NEW experience. The course is a network of seven tandem zip lines that traverse the sky-scraping Douglas Firs at Grizedale Forest, providing customers with an exhilarating experience of flying way above the forest floor, and seeing the area in a completely new way. Please arrive 15 minutes before Zip Trekking Adventure.

Reviewed By naomip751 - Lancashire, United Kingdom

Couldn't have asked for a better day. Dave and Jason were brilliant instructors. Although pretty scary, we had a fantastic day. All incredibly safe, but so much fun, especially the final zip over the car park! Thanks again for a great day, couldn't have been better.

2. Adventure 21

Lake Road, Coniston LA21 8EW, England
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5 based on 353 reviews

Adventure 21

Adventure 21 would like to welcome you to our world of Adventure Activities, outdoor pursuits and Lake District Paintball for Family groups, Corporate team building, stag parties, hen party weekends, birthday party groups, school and youth and school group trips in the Lake District, Cumbria, Lancashire and Manchester. With a changing room 10 meters from Coniston Water and close links from Lancashire, Windermere, Ambleside, Kendal, Windermere, Bowness, Barrow, Grassmere and Keswick. Adventure 21 are the people to come to for Safe, fun, friendly and value for money outdoor adventure activities and paintball. Activities available include, Gorge scrambling, raft building, canoeing, rock climbing, Abseiling, canyoning, bushcraft, survival, archery, rifle shooting, axe throwing, outdoor fitness, aquaseiling, waterfall climbing, kayaking, orienteering, hill walking, scrambling and Wilderness camping.

Reviewed By Ed S

We were overbooked at another venue and Adventure 21 accommodated our group the next day. Great communication and value for money. Hetty was a great laugh and hosted us brilliantly! Highly recommend this for anybody looking for an experience in the area, will definitely be returning...More???thanks for the personal mention! Glad you enjoyed yourselves, come and see us again soon! ?

3. Orrest Head

Windermere, England
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5 based on 1 reviews

Orrest Head

Reviewed By LALL777 - London, United Kingdom

We had arrived in Windermere for a weekend break to celebrate my Wife’s birthday. The short walk was relaxing and relatively easy walk. We were fortunate with decent weather; the views were quite break taking all around at the top. Well worth it, a must do.

4. Brant Fell Above the Bustle

Bowness-on-Windermere, England
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Brant Fell Above the Bustle

Reviewed By Colin D - Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom

A short but fairly steep climb from the village will be rewarded with amazing views over the lake and surrounding area.A lot of people miss out on this gem by just staying in the village,Close to the caravan site and a great walk for the dog.

5. Loughrigg Fell

Ambleside, England
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5 based on 455 reviews

Loughrigg Fell

Reviewed By Chimsterckh - London, United Kingdom

Found this walk on the OS circular walks of the Lake District and it didn’t disappoint.
Really fantastic scenery despite very wet terrain in parts. We were lucky to go when snow adorned the peaks making it almost picture perfect. Not too strenuous so our ten year old was fine and we saw plenty of people with much younger children the photos speak for themselves

6. Townend

Troutbeck LA23 1LB, England +44 15394 32628
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Townend

Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories The Brownes of Townend in the Troutbeck Valley were just an ordinary farming family: but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories. As you approach Townend - a traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, you'll understand why Beatrix Potter described Troutbeck Valley as her favourite. Once inside, you are welcomed into the farmhouse kitchen with a real fire - burning most afternoons - and a quirky collection of domestic tools. Throughout the house, intricately carved furniture provides a window into the personality of George Browne. The library contains the family’s well-used collection of books, including 45 that are the only remaining copies in the world. Outside, the colourful cottage-style garden is a lovely place to while away some time among the flowers.

Reviewed By ozzertjie - United Kingdom

This is a unique property, in single ownership for 600 years, giving it an extraordinary unity of design.
Idiosyncratic owners have developed it over centuries, adding often weird, self-aggrandising touches which fascinate.
The room guides are just the best; enthusiastic, knowledgeable and responsive. Outstanding.
You MUST see this house if you have any interest in 17, 18 or 19 century domestic history.

7. Hawkshead Grammar School

Hawkshead, Ambleside, England
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Hawkshead Grammar School

Reviewed By alisdair t - Workington, United Kingdom

Its only £2.50 to get in, and well worth it.. The "curator", gave us a lovely history lesson on how the school operated way back in time, so interesting... Showed us where Wordsworth sat and etched his name into the desk.. Also contains the headmasters room, and a few museum pieces upstairs, All in all a wonderful little place...Also further up the hill, is the lovely church

8. Joint Adventures

Lake Road, Coniston LA21 8EW, England
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5 based on 214 reviews

Joint Adventures

Reviewed By metcalfe32017 - Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon of gorge scrambling, expertly guided by our good-humoured expert Adam. It's not easy to find an activity to suit both my 13 and 16 year old sons, but this certainly fits the bill. Adam ensures that it's inclusive and fun and encourages you to push yourself and give the more challenging bits a try without pressurising anyone. Loved jumping into the pools. How refreshing to get photos afterwards without being stung for an exorbitant additional charge and so promptly. I'd recommend this unreservedly and hope we'll be back some time to do it again or try some of the other activities at Joint Adventures. Thank you!

9. Lake Windermere

Windermere, England 0139443360
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Lake Windermere

More than ten miles in length, Windermere is England's largest lake that offers a wide variety of summer recreation including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving.

Reviewed By Andrina106 - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

A must if in the area, get yourself on a cruise or hire a boat. The Lake is full on interesting things to see and do. We went on a pleasure cruise, what a super trip.

10. Ambleside Climbing Wall

101 Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0DB, England +44 15394 33794
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5 based on 181 reviews

Ambleside Climbing Wall

Indoor Climbing Venue, suitable for all ages in the heart of The Lake District. Offering Taster sessions, Private Lessons and Kids Clubs throughout the week, and open late for experienced climbers.Our parent company also offer a wide range of outdoor activities; from kayaking and rock climbing, to gorge scrambling and hiking.

Reviewed By mooimanb - Crewe, United Kingdom

We took our two children here for a kids taster session, once we made a telephone reservation.
The facility is fantastic. Both instructors were very good, very knowledgeable, but most of all, very entertaining, very engaging and very good with the children.
There are two indoor walls the fist one is sort of a horizontal wall where one climbs across rather than up and down. In this area the children got a warm up and some basic tuition, before going to the big "up and down" wall. There everybody got about three or four goes climbing. Then lastly there was a bit of warm down and some games back in the horizontal wall area.
This is a friendly, but professionally managed climbing wall. I thoroughly recommend this as a kids activity, rain or shine.

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