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.