The well known and much loved Tarn Hows is a lovely walk from Hawkshead, and is a great place for a picnic, with its scenic backdrop of Coniston Old Man, around to the Langdales and the Fairfield Horseshoe. Left to National Trust by Beatrix Potter there is a reasonably level circular path suitable for pushchairs and wheel chairs with assistance.
The Forest is just south of the village and with the visitor centre just a couple of miles drive it offers a great day out for all. There are walks for all abilities, including specially designed routes for wheelchair and pushchair users will love the sculpture trail. There is superb off road cycling for all with a selection of bikes for hire at the centre. For the adrenaline junkies there is the fantastic North Face MTB trail. The Grizedale tree top adventure Go-Ape always proves a popular day out. Built on a side of a hill, it feels seriously high…
You really are in the heart of the Lakes and the quiet Esthwaite Valley offers some great walks for all, with gentle rambles through the fields and woods, beautiful forest walks and amazing panoramic views of Latterbarrow and Claife Heights. For more strenuous walking the nearby fells await and within a few minutes drive you will find Coniston Old Man, Wetherlam and the Langdales.