Category Archives: Lake District

“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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Bring A Mirror To The Claife Viewing Station So You Don’t Faint

Imagine this pathway hung with Chinese lanterns and colored lamps, lighting the way for guests invited to a dinner or a dance at a building straight out of a Gothic novel. When guests arrived, they got out of their carriages … Continue reading

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Don’t Wear Pink At Muncaster Castle

Close to the coastal village of Ravenglass in the western Lake District, you’ll find the Pennington family’s home, an 1,800-acre estate that has witnessed battles, provided tomfoolery and graciously welcomed guests for over 800 years. Muncaster Castle stands on land that … Continue reading

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Meg Whispered, “Don’t Forget To Visit Me And My Daughters When You Go To Castlerigg”

Stand around it, take in the view, and you’ll see why it inspired Romantic poets John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Castlerigg Stone Circle is the “dismal cirque of Druid stones, upon a forlorn moor” that Keats described in Hyperion. … Continue reading

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Make A Beatrix Potter Pilgrimage To The Lake District

She was an imaginative storyteller, a talented illustrator, a smart entrepreneur, an enthusiastic farmer, an award-winning Herdwick sheep breeder, a committed conservationist and a generous philanthropist. Beatrix Potter was an extraordinary person whose love for the Lake District has inspired … Continue reading

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