Hawkswick

Hawkswick

Or Hauk’s dairy farm is the first village as you come up the dale on the tiny back road; ‘the sunny hamlet of Hawkswick, sheltering under the hill, and trapping every ray of sun that shines in the valley throughout the day.’ (Boyd)

There are signs of early medieval ploughing to be seen on Windbank: long narrow terraces formed by the plough and called lynchets. Oats were grown and oatcake and porridge used to be eaten throughout the dale because wheat cannot stand in the summer rain. The village 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.