Literary connections with the English Lake District

Yesterday, I posted information on Beatrix Potter's connection with Scotland. This afternoon, I am continuing the literary theme with images and information concerning literary connections with the English Lake District including Beatrix Potter.

Ambleside is a good base to connect with the two literary sites..

First, drive a short distance to Grasmere where join a guided tour of Dove Cottage. Here the visitor can  gain a useful insight into the  life and living conditions of the (large) Wordsworth family. The tenor of the home is characterised by stone floors, dark panelled rooms, coal fires and artifacts and furniture belonging to the family.


Wordsworth portrait

Dove Cottage interior

Dove Cottage exterior

Wordsworth ( 1770-1850) was a leading English romantic poet who helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature. He was closely assisted by his sister, Dorothy.

Wordsworth wrote lyrical poems and  ballads and had a close affinity with the Lake District.

Close to the Cottage is a museum housing an extensive collection of Wordsworth’s letters journals and poems.

Dove Cottage from rear

Next, to Bowness-on-Windermere to visit the World of Beatrix Potter Exhibition. This is a quality experience with emphasis on the characters and stories from the famous author. The former include Peter the Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin.Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) published over 23 books and, like Wordsworth, had a close affinity with the Lake District.

Peter the Rabbit

Seasonal flowers at Beatrix Potter Exhibition

Beatrix Potter and Guest

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle


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