Head north from Ambleside and you come to a corner of the Lake District that William Wordsworth made his own. He wrote some of his best known works at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, spent the last 37 years of his life at Rydal Mount and is buried in Grasmere churchyard alongside his wife Mary.

More than 150 years later people come from all over the world to visit the places which inspired England’s greatest poet and put Lakeland on the literary map. 2020 is the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Other famous people settled in this area too. Author Beatrix Potter spent half of her life at Near Sawrey near Hawkshead while for 28 years Brantwood, overlooking Coniston Water, was the home of the great Victorian John Ruskin. Coniston also has strong associations with land and water speed ace Donald Campbell and writer Arthur Ransome.

South west of Grasmere are the Langdale valleys, ideal for walking and climbing, while south of Hawkshead is Grizedale Forest, with its cycling and walking trails and outdoor sculptures. And don’t forget the Duddon Valley, one of Wordsworth’s favourite places about which he wrote 34 sonnets.

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

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