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Last updated 01/01/2021
If you enjoy exploring villages, you’re sure to want to visit Grasmere during your time in the Lake District. Completely surrounded by colourful and atmospheric fellsides, it’s a great base from which to begin one of several walks, or the ideal place to explore as part of a slightly less energetic day out – and that just happens to be my focus here!
For this post I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking, and add a few interesting facts about places of interest to the captions. Here are just a few of the delights you’ll come across during your visit here:
The stag carving, created in 2017 outside Grasmere Garden Village
St Oswald’s Church, where restoration on the tower was completed in 2017
St Oswald’s Church is also where visitors particularly interested in Wordsworth’s connections will find the Wordsworth family graves
The Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, a wild daffodil garden created by the church as a tribute to William Wordsworth, where members of the public were invited to sponsor an engraved stone or wild daffodils.
The idea was to create a special place for the public and to raise funds to support the ongoing maintenance of the church building.
Again, in the centre of the village
So that’s a brief tour of Grasmere and some of the things to see and do in the village itself. In addition, you may also like to visit the following popular attractions in Grasmere, and a lovely walk I featured on the blog last spring:
The National Trust’s Allan Bank, which is a five-minute walk from the centre of town and was once home to one of the co-founders of the National Trust, as well as briefly home to the poet William Wordsworth.
Dove Cottage, possibly one of the most famous places in the Lake District, and formerly home to William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You’ll find it on the outskirts of the village next to the roundabout on the A591.
Loughrigg Terrace, an outstanding viewpoint overlooking Grasmere (lake), which can be reached on a walk from Grasmere or nearby White Moss – especially good in the springtime when the bluebells create a striking display.
If you’ve already visited Grasmere for yourself, and have some advice on how best to enjoy a day out in this atmospheric village, please let other readers of the blog know by leaving a comment below – it’s always great to hear about your experiences!