Category Archives: Lake District

My Cherished Dream Was Seeing Brockhole, Even In The Pouring Rain

Heavy and persistent rainfall throughout Cumbria isn’t ideal for sightseeing, but when I’ve traveled 3,674 miles to see a beautiful site with Beatrix Potter connections on the east bank of Lake Windermere, I’ll persevere as long as I can. That … Continue reading

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How Did Mr. Sedgwick’s Dog Stand Still For That?

When a railway line was proposed for the Lake District in 1844, William Wordsworth was beside himself. Thoughts of trains intruding on the area’s natural beauty — and uncertainty about the moral character of the strangers they carried — were … Continue reading

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Take An Umbrella And Stout Boots To Wordsworthshire

One of the loveliest let-downs I’ve ever received came in the form of an e-mail from Michael. The retail operations manager at The Wordsworth Shop at Dove Cottage answered my enquiry about the “Knit Your Own Dove Cottage” kit I … Continue reading

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“Epic Scenery! Epic Road Runs! And Perhaps The Occasional Squally Shower!”: More Reasons to Roam The Lake District And Northumberland

Mountains green. Pleasant pastures. Clouded hills. These descriptions of “England’s green and pleasant land” were written in verse by William Blake in 1804, then set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916 to sustain Britain’s resolve during World War … Continue reading

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“For Oft When On My Couch I Lie In Vacant Or In Pensive Mood,” I Reach For My Version Of William Wordsworth’s Knee Rug

We entered the sitting room at Dove Cottage, the Lake District home where William Wordsworth wrote the poems that would make him famous.  We stood on its polished, uneven oak floorboards and looked at our surroundings. Some of us gazed … Continue reading

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Cross Blackwell’s Threshold And Find A Charmed Place You Won’t Want To Leave

Sunday, October 11 was “a day of leisure, for you to do as you wish.” “One bright unruffled evening must, if possible, be set apart for the splendor, the stillness and solemnity of a three hours’ voyage upon…the Lake,” William … Continue reading

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The Scenery At Brantwood Is — John Ruskin And I Think — The Best In England

I first saw it during a September 2010 cruise on Coniston Water. “What’s that?,” I asked our Mountain Goat guide. “That’s John Ruskin’s home, Brantwood,” he responded. “You’re kidding me,” I said. There I was, sailing by the place where one of … Continue reading

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