If you’re planning a trip to the North Lakes any time soon, you’re likely to be looking at visiting a few little towns and villages along your merry way. Grasmere is a pretty, picturesque little village, nestled in-between Ambleside and Keswick. So, even if you’re just driving through, make sure you don’t miss all the hidden gems that Grasmere has to offer!
Visit Dove Cottage
The Once home of famous British poet, William Wordsworth; Dove Cottage is preserved to this day as it would have been when Wordsworth lived there. Find your own poetic inspiration and excite the kid’s imaginations in this fabulous little time-capsule.
Stroll Around St. Oswald's Church
St. Oswald’s church is where William Wordsworth and his wife Mary were laid to rest. This ancient church is a beautiful place to visit, as well as Wordsworth’s daffodil garden, which is tucked away, between the church and the River Rothay. Visit in the Spring for the best daffodil show in town (well…village).
Take A Hike
There are many hiking trails around Grasmere, for varying degrees of ability. Helm Crag (the lion and the lamb) is the best known walk from Grasmere and a perfect Lake District hike for families and those who want a moderate hike, with astounding views. Other well-known walks nearby include: Loughrigg; Helvellyn; The Fairfield Horseshoe; The Coffin Route, and Rydal cave, amoungst others.
Visit Allen Bank
Allan Bank was once home to the famous poet William Wordsworth and the founder of the National Trust, Canon Rawnsley. The house has been restored to a taste of its former glory and can now be enjoyed by visitors to the Lakes.
“Step inside a bustling family home with something to do in every room. There’s a place to sit by the fire and read a book and watch the red squirrels; a room to play dress up with your little ones; somewhere to pick up a pencil or a paintbrush and take inspiration from our 360 countryside views; a space to sit and knit; or somewhere to tuck into a picnic with a hot drink.” National trust Allen Bank
Hire A Boat
Visitors to Grasmere can enjoy the wonderful views from the tranquil calm of Grasmere lake. Hire a boat from the shore at Faeryland and explore the one mile stretch of water- taking in views of the surrounding fells. Make a day of it and take a packed lunch to enjoy on the lakeside.
Try Some Gingerbread
Of course, a trip to Grasmere isn’t complete without a special trip to Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread shop. Invented by Sarah Nelson in 1854, Grasmere has been selling its famous gingerbread to the world from this little shop ever since.
Get Your Own Herdy
Take home a Herdy! Herdy has become one of the most iconic Lake District brands in the past few years. A trip to the Lake District would be incompleate without taking something Herdy home for friends and family.