Hawkshead can be found on the B5285, 4 miles [6km] south of Ambleside and close to the hamlet of Near Sawrey. The village of Hawkshead is a place of charm and character with an atmosphere which is timeless. It boasts whitewashed buildings, narrow streets, alleyways, quaint corners, courtyards and cobbled streets.
The village was once an important market town for the wool industry until its decline in the early 19th Century. Hawkshead is now a popular area with the tourists due to its association with William Wordsworth in his early days of his life.