The Lake District is intimately associated with William Wordsworth. One of English literature’s greatest poets, Wordsworth lived in the Lake District for most of his life, and the locations of many of his poems can be found in the area. When you plan your visit to Windermere, a tour of these places can be a wonderful way to spend a day.
The poet was born in Cockermouth, where his birthplace and childhood home are now a great tourist destination. You can also visit his later homes, where he wrote many of his most famous poems.
Wordsworth lived in Grasmere from 1799 to 1808. His home there, Dove Cottage, is home to the Wordsworth Trust. From there, you can walk the Coffin Path to Wordsworth’s later home, his beloved Rydal Mount. The Coffin Path offers a beautiful walk complete with views of the lake and gorgeous mountain scenery. Wordsworth’s grave, and the graves of his family, can be found in Grasmere’s village cemetery.
Of course, you don’t need to limit your Wordsworth tour to the places the poet lived. You can also include the many sites around the Lake District that he made famous in his poems. These include Hawkshead, Kirkstone Pass, Coniston Water, and River Duddon.
From our B and B in Windermere, you can set off on a beautifully poetic tour of the Lake District’s most inspiring locations. Don’t be surprised if you come back ready to pen a few verses yourself!