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Hawkshead Hall Campsite, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria
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Hawkshead Hall Campsite, Hawkshead, Ambleside, CumbriaIn a small and very compact space the Lake District scenery varies from the savage to the serene, with wilderness giving way to the quaint. The area immediately around Hawkshead, and Hawkshead Hall Campsite, falls fair and square on to the serene and quaint side - the green and extremely cute Lake District of Beatrix Potter, as opposed to the high hills ofWainwright.

Two spacious, open fields comprise the campsite, whose facilities are enthusiastically maintained, and whose views are smooth and free from any rocky heights that might obscure the sun and spoil your tan.Those high hills also bring rain, and it is said that this part of the Lake District is much drier than the mountainous lands to the north.The walking here is gentle, and Hawkshead village is a lovely half-mile stroll along a traffic-free track. The village - and its huge clothes shop - besides having all sorts of historical links with Lakelands literate nobility, is also agreeably charming. This is the Lake District for the family holiday, and for those in need of total mind or body relaxation... Or both.

COOL FACTOR Easy-going site in gentle scenery.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs - yes. Big groups, lone backpackers - no (families and couples only).

ON SITE The site is spread over 2 very large fields, and even at full capacity (150 pitches) there's plenty of room. A limited number of electric hook-ups are available. The facilities (toilets, 6 free showers, washing-up sinks) are housed in a clean Portakabin in the farmyard. No campfires.

Hawkshead Hall Campsite, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria

OFF SITE Head to Hawkshead village for a mosey around. Renowned beauty spot Tarn Hows is a glorious 2-mile walk from the site, and John Ruskin's stately home (01539 441396) lies over the other side of Crizedale Forest.

FOOD AND DRINK A good selection of eateries in the village. Sawrey House (01539 436387) has a classy restaurant at night, and MrsTiggy-Winkle'sTea Room in the day.

GETTING THERE Take the ferry from Bowness across Windermere, then follow the B5285 through Sawrey and Hawkshead. The site is on the right, just beyond the village.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Regular bus no. 505 from Ambleside to Coniston passes the site.

OPEN Mid March-mid October.

THE DAMAGE Tent plus 2 people £14.50 per night; extra adult £2.50; child (5 to 15 years) £1, under-5s free.

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