Hawkshead is a pretty village in the heart of the lake district with interesting literary connections.
Close by is Far Sawrey and Hilltop, home for many years to Beatrix Potter and Hawkshead Grammar School was where William Wordsworth poetically daydreamed his way through lessons in the 18th century (you can see his old school desk).
Also of note in the village is St Michaels church which can trace its history back to 1500.
Hawkshead is an excellent base for a Lake District holiday and has hotels, self catering accommodation and a campsite.
Tarn Hows owned by the National Trust is nearby as is Esthwaite and some good walks are to be found at both locations.
Hawkshead does get very busy during summer and an early start will make parking in the village that much easier!
Each year Hawkshead has a village show and a christmas market