Monday, 23 March 2009

April Walking from Hawkshead

Our second walk of the season will be to the beautiful village of Hawkshead in Cumbria on;

Saturday 18th April 2009
The coach will leave the car park at the back of Iceland at 8.00am

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.

View towards the Fairfield range from the churchyard of St Michaels

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. It was here that inspired William to write some of his earliest poems. In "The Prelude", completed in 1805, Wordsworth describes the village and the surrounding countryside.

You can see the Old Grammar school where William Wordsworth attended between the years of 1779 and 1787 and the cottage of Ann Tyson where he lodged. At the school you can see the original desks, including the one belonging to Wordsworth and still bearing his name carved into it.

Above the school is the Church of St. Michael which dates from the 16th Century and overlooks the village. Inside you will discover interesting wall paintings.

Several buildings in Hawkshead and land that overlooks Esthwaite Water was given to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter. In the village there is the Beatrix Potter Gallery which displays her original drawings and information about her life

The ancient church of St Michaels, sitting on the hill above the village
(Click on any picture to enlarge)

There will be three walks;
  • A Walk led by Jenny
  • B Walk led by Shirley & Joan
  • C Walk led by Norman
Walk details will be posted by Saturday 11th April if not before, (click on link above).

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