THERE’S LOTS TO SEE AND DO…
The Lake District has long been an inspiration to many. None more so famous than William Wordsworth who was one of the Lake District’s most famous residents.
As a defining member of the English Romantic Movement, Wordsworth’s poetry was deeply influenced by his love of nature, especially by the sights and scenes of the “Lake Country” (Lake District), in which he spent most of his mature life.
I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze…
An excerpt from one of Wordsworth’s well known poems, written at Town-end Grasmere, inspired by the beautiful scenery of the Lake District. The daffodils grew and still grow on the margin of Ullswater and can be seen to this day.
The life of Cumbria’s favourite daughter, Beatrix Potter, was celebrated in cinemas across the world with the release of the major movie starring Renee Zellweger as “Miss Potter” and Ewan McGregor as children’s writer Beatrix Potter and her publisher and lover Norman Warne. The film has brought hundreds of “set-jetters” from the UK, USA, Japan and other countries to see where it was made and to experience the scenery which inspired Beatrix Potter so deeply.
Whilst at the Rothay Garden hotel, guests can follow the Beatrix Potter trail and learn more about her life in the Lake District…
Hill Top, Sawrey – Hill Top farmhouse is where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote many of her stories. Owned by the National Trust, it retains much of its original character and is furnished just as it would have been during her day.
Tel. 015394 36269; www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Tarn Hows – Only a short distance from Sawrey is Tarn Hows. Bought by Beatrix Potter, this popular beauty spot is ideal for a leisurely walk and picnic.
Loughrigg Tarn – Used as a scenic film location for “Miss Potter”, Loughrigg Tarn is located in the fells between Grasmere and Buttermere, and has striking views north west towards the Langdale Pikes.
The World of Beatrix Potter attraction – Meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and friends. The attraction in Windermere shows the world of rabbits, ducks and other animals portrayed in her books.
Tel. 015394 88444; www.hop-skip-jump.com
Steamboat Museum – On display here in Windermere, you will find Beatrix Potter’s very own rowing boat – plus lots more, including steamboats, houseboats and other craft. For fans of Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons”, Captain Flint’s houseboat and the original “Amazon” are also on display.
Tel. 015394 45565;
Beatrix Potter Gallery – The gallery, in Hawkshead village, is an exhibition of the original children’s book illustrations, and also gives a fascinating insight into her life and work as a farmer.
Tel. 015394 36355; www.nationaltrust.org.uk