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Once an important wool market in medieval times, Hawkshead is arguably the prettiest village in the Lake District with its white-washed houses, cobbled streets and narrow archways. The village centre is a car-free zone, making it even easier to wander the old alleyways and soak up the charm.

Here in Hawkshead you’ll also find the Beatrix Potter Gallery in a quaint 17th century house, displaying the original artwork of the beloved author and illustrator of children’s books. Potter spent most of her adult life in the Lake District living at nearby Hill Top in Sawrey, where she was also a farmer and conservationist. After her death in 1943 she left her 14 farms and 4,000 acres in the care of the National Trust, helping to preserve much of the land that now makes up the Lake District National Park.

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