Hawkswick

Hawkswick

Named for Hauk’s dairy farm, this is the first settlement as you come up the dale from the Skipton-Kettlewell road on the tiny back lane across Wind Bank.

In 1893, the vicar William Boyd described ‘the sunny hamlet of Hawkswick, sheltering under the hill, and trapping every ray of sun that shines in the valley throughout the day.’

There are signs of early medieval ploughing to be seen on the fellside here: long narrow terraces, called strip lynchets, formed by the plough. Oats and barley were grown here and oatcake and porridge used to be eaten throughout the dale, which is too wet to grow wheat. The hamlet has no public building but it used to have a ballroom, no less, in a barn. It is now a house and still proudly called The Ballroom.