A Literature Lovers Guide to the Lakes

Graham Hadaway - Thursday, July 30, 2015


When you come to visit us in Bowness, you’ll find it hard not to be impressed, awed, and filled with inspiration from the beautiful surroundings you’ll find yourself in.


From Lake Windermere itself to the majestic landscapes and soaring peaks, the Lake District has a long history of inspiring some of our most well known and loved literary giants. If you want to take in some of this rich history and heritage during your stay we’ve compiled a list of the best places to visit:


Wordsworth Museum

The famed Romanticism poet kick-started mass tourism to the Lake District in the 19th Century with the publication of his ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’ as well as his famous poem Daffodils. With this in mind, a trip to nearby Grasmere is a must to see why the area was such an inspiration.


The museum, along with Dove Cottage (the poet’s home for many years), provides a fascinating glimpse into the man and his work via letters, journals and poems as well as special attractions and events throughout the year.


Scafell Pike

A huge inspiration for another Romanticism poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge looked to the peaks of Scafell Pike to remedy his dark and troubled persona. In fact, on describing a descent from the Pike, Coleridge commented that it produced in him ‘a state of almost prophetic trance and delight’.


As England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike is one of the most dramatic and rugged regions of the Lake District and its ascent provides a great challenge during your stay. We promise that the panoramic views from the top are worth the hardship!


Hill Top Farm

Though the Beatrix Potter Museum located just around the corner from the Cranleigh might be perfect for the child in you, Hill Top Farm provides all the calm and inspiration you will need.


Beatrix Potter used her 4,300 acres of property to accurately paint and write the places and animals of her homestead – including the Tower Bank Arms featured in Jemima Puddleduck – before leaving the area for National Trust preservation on her death.


Hill Top Farm’s garden are always open to the public, but because it is a small house a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior.


Haweswater Reservoir

A source of inspiration for Haweswater, a 2002 novel by Sarah Hall, this reservoir and its creation is steeped in controversy.


Originally a 4km natural lake, and one of the most picturesque valley’s in Westmorland, in 1929 the Haweswater dam was constructed by the Manchester Corporation to supply water for the city. This saw the farming villages of Measand and Mardale Green flooded and lost in 1935, with the population rehomed and the creation of one of the largest lakes at 4 miles long.


Today, the remains of the submerged village of Mardale Green can still be seen as stone walls and the village bridge becomes visible as the water level drops. A chilling and spooky site to behold.

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