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A site in secluded woodland in the grounds of YHA Hawkshead. Located one mile south of picturesque Hawkshead village, we are a friendly site overlooking tranquil Esthwaite Water.

Hawkshead YHA provides breakfast, picnic lunches and hearty evening meals, all at a great price. Our friendly staff are all knowledgable on the area and can help plan the perfect day out or recommend somewhere for you to see.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed



Lake and/or mountain


Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods


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  • Hawkshead, Cumbria, England, LA22 0QD
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.3625°N 2.9952°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Windermere: Rail Station Coach Stop — 3.9 miles
Ambleside: Bus Shelter, King Street — 4.8 miles
Grasmere Coach Stop — 6.4 miles
Train stations
Windermere Rail Station — 3.9 miles
Staveley Rail Station — 7.2 miles
Burneside (Cumbria) Rail Station — 9.2 miles
Ferry ports
Far Sawrey Windermere Ferry Terminal — 2.4 miles
Monk Coniston Ferry Landing — 2.5 miles
Bowness Ferry Nab Ferry Landing — 2.7 miles
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 63.8 miles


From Ambleside, follow signs to Coniston and Hawkshead, along the B5286. Pass through the village and turn right at the T-junction. Follow the road for one mile and we are on your right.

From the M6, exit at juntion 36 and take the A590 towards Barrow in Furness. At Newby Bridge go straight on at roundabout then take next right following signs to Lakeside and Hawkshead. YHA Hawkshead is one mile south of the village.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Hawkshead, often referred to as the prettiest village in Lakeland, is a charming village, home to the grammar school attended by William Wordsworth and the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Grizedale Forest is on our doorstep, offering plenty of trails for keen mountain bikers and walkers or Go Ape! for those feeling a bit more adventurous. Beatrix Potter's home at Hill Top is two miles away and there are rowing boats to hire at the trout farm just down the road. The southern fells are easily accessible, as are the villages of Coniston and Ambleside.

YHA Hawkshead really is the perfect location for exploring the south Lakes.

Must see

  • Beatrix Potter Gallery (0.9 miles)
  • Hill Top (1.2 miles)
  • Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness (2.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Beatrix Potter Gallery (0.9 miles)
  • Hill Top (1.2 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Additional terms

No open fires. Campers are asked to keep noise to a minimum between 10am and 7am. No dogs