Friday, May 07, 2010

Grasmere Lake District

Grasmere is a charming village right in the heart of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. Within easy reach are the honeypot towns of Ambleside, Keswick, Hawkshead, Coniston, Bowness and Windermere.
Grasmere lake lies to the south of the village, around which there are some gentle walks for those that prefer the lower ground. For those that prefer a greater challenge, in Grasmere you're centrally situated for taking on the craggy peaks of the Scafell Pikes, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and the Langdale Pikes.
Grasmere was once the home of the famous poet William Wordsworth; today you can visit two of his former homes - Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. Also in the centre of Grasmere is St. Oswalds Church, the churchyard of which contains the Wordsworth family graves.

Faeryland for refreshment, this is the place for gourmet teas, the views and the facility below.

What a vista, it's no wonder that Wordsworth and other notable Victorians favoured these parts.

Row boats are available for hire to cruise this idyllic spot.

A heron, normally quite skittish but seemingly happy to fish next to customers.

A cob swan who has lived in Grasmere for over 20 years knowing where the next meal might come from.

Skunk Cabbage, pretty the now but changes in a way that gives rise to its name.

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