About Grasmere

Grasmere is a small traditional Lakeland village situated in idyllic surroundings of fells, lakes and tarns and when you visit you will quickly understand why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of England’s Lake District and Cumbria. Here, together with easy access to a range of wonderful walking, cycling, hiking and climbing opportunities are the graves of William Wordsworth and his family in the churchyard of ancient St. Oswald’s. They feature amongst the most visited shrines in Europe. Close to the Lodge is the lake where the poet often sat at it’s edge and describing it as the “loveliest spot than man has found”.

Summer months has Grasmere staging the annual Rush Bearing Ceremony and the widely acclaimed Grasmere Sports featuring traditional Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, fell racing, hound trailing and much more whilst the nearby village of Rydal’s Sheepdog Trials & Hound Show is yet another fascinating Lake District and Cumbria event providing entertainment for all ages.

Rydal is the home of Rydal Mount, which, as Wordsworth’s residence for the last 30 years of his life, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Comprising of a small hamlet, church and a beautiful mile long lake, and sitting between its larger neighbours of Ambleside and Grasmere.

Grasmere is cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District and is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around. Most of the buildings date from the 19th or early 20th Century, though the farms are much older. The church dates from the 13th Century.

William and his sister Dorothy moved into Dove Cottage in 1799 and they stayed here until 1808 as the cottage had become inadequate. They moved to Allan Bank, a large house that William had condemned as an eyesore when it was being built! They lived here for two years, with poet and friend Coleridge.

Wordsworth died in 1850 and has a simple tombstone in the churchyard which stands on the banks of the River Rothay, along whose banks pleasant walks can be made.

At one of the entrances to the churchyard is a small building which was the village school for over 220 years and is now home to the famous Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop.

Come and see for yourself – you won’t be disappointed!

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