Famous writers connected with the English Lake District

 This evening, I am reprising a tour which connected with William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

This morning we departed our lodgings in Ambleside and then drove a short distance to Grasmere to join the 10.00 am guided tour of Dove Cottage. Here a very competent guide provided insight into life and living conditions of the (large) Wordworth family. The tenor of the home was characterised by stone floors, dark panelled rooms, coal fires and artefacts 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. He wrote lyrical poems and  ballads and had a close affinity with the Lake District.

"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is possibly the most famous lyric poem by Wordsworth. The poem was inspired by an event on 15 April 1802 in which Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy came across a "long belt" of daffodils while wandering in the forest

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

Dove Cottage from rear

Next, we moved on to Bowness-on-Windermere to visit the World of Beatrix Potter Exhibition. This was 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

Next, we embarked on a five-hour journey to our next destination of the English Cotswolds, arriving at Moreton-in-Marsh about 5.00 pm.

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