Flag Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, English Lake District by Philip Mitchell
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Hawkshead lies half way between Coniston Water and Windermere, near the northern edge of Esthwaite Water. There has been a village here since Viking times – Haukr was the Viking who founded the village and from whom it takes its name.

The narrow streets, squares, and courtyards, set off by whitewashed cottages, are almost free of traffic. Overhanging eaves, grey slate roofs, leaded windows, and flights of stone steps parading up the walls are a true delight to the eye.

A stream, subsequently covered over, used to flow down Flag Street and provided water for the villagers. Today it must be that the owners of the cottages on either side coordinate their efforts to produce this wonderful show of summer colour. It all adds to the visual charm that draws so many visitors each year, though to call this a street is somewhat overstating the case!

Hawkshead lies within England’s Lake District National Park.

I am based near Winchester in mid-Hampshire (UK) and have enjoyed photographing a wide variety of subjects for over 40 years, though the digital revolution has been a real boon.

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  • Nanagahma
    Nanagahmaover 5 years ago

    What a great photo. There’s something very intriguing about this, maybe it’s the wonderful plants, both hanging and in pots. Whatever it is, I’m hooked! It would be a fun place to visit!

  • Many thanks. The visit was part of a very enjoyable recent family holiday, and Hawkshead is well worth visiting. Wordsworth attended the little grammar school here and you can still see the desk into which he carved his name! For such a little place, it also has a splendid bookshop. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 5 years ago

    So beautiful and charming.

  • Thank you for taking the time to express your appreciation. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Garden somewhere ….”
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • This is such a compliment: thank you. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful photo, Philip! And one almost identical, from standing in the very same spot even, as one that JamieGreen added a few days ago. Perhaps you know him? Anyway, a lovely addition to RB!

  • Thank you. My photo had been on RedBubble for about 3 weeks when I first saw Jamie’s, but his showed me the advantage of being slightly to one side to minimise the (dull) path and maximise the borders. And I must learn the HDR techniques!

    – Philip Mitchell

  • yvil1
    yvil1about 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! I never went to England but I know such similar streets from Spain. and Italy. I love it! :)

  • Thank you. You must visit, but where to start?! Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 5 years ago

    What a great image,,such a great atmosphere

  • Thank you for your kind appreciation. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • … and for adding this to your favourites. P

    – Philip Mitchell

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • How to good to have individual thanks for a submission; it is my pleasure, and I hope the group members will enjoy what they find. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 4 years ago


    We are happy to feature this beautiful image in Cottage Living group.

  • This is a great honour much appreciated: many thanks. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • ArtAfresh7
    ArtAfresh7over 4 years ago

    47 years ago :-))) I visited the Lake District, thank you for bringing back so many happy memories. Well done being featured, this is a lovely scene.

  • I am glad the picture has given so much pleasure. You must visit again: it’s as beautiful as ever! Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Philip. Congrats on features. Inst Fav.

  • This seems to have perennial appeal. Many thanks for taking the time to leave your appreciation and for making this a favourite. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

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