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Top 10 things to do in Grasmere…

11th April 2016
  1. Hire a boat on Grasmere Lake

See Grasmere from a new perspective whilst rowing out on Grasmere Lake. Hire a boat from the shore at Faeryland and explore the water which stretches one mile long.

  1. Browse an array of local shops

You will find many local, independent shops in Grasmere. You will find gorgeous homeware shops such as The Attic and X, take home some luxury treats from Grasmere Chocolate Cottage and pick up a holiday book from Sam Read’s which has been in the village since 1887!

  1. Explore Dove Cottage

Just a stone’s throw away from The Daffodil you will find Dove Cottage. Once home to William Wordsworth and still preserved to this day as it would have been when Wordsworth himself lived there. If you like poetry a visit to Dove Cottage is a must.

  1. Visit St. Oswald's Church

St. Oswald’s is the church where William Wordsworth and his wife Mary’s tombstones are located. Nestling between the church and the River Rothay you will find Wordsworth’s Daffodil Garden, you will see this come alive in the spring with the abundance of daffodils.

  1. Watch the world go by with a coffee

There is an abundance of local coffee shops in Grasmere all of which are great for a refresh whilst exploring the village. We personally recommend the homemade lemonade from Baldry’s tea room – perfect for a hot summer’s day. In the winter cosy up at Grasmere Tea Gardens and enjoy a slice of one of their homemade cakes – they’re delicious!

  1. Visit Allan Bank

Allan Bank opened its doors to the public for the first time ever in March 2012. It is the perfect place to relax in front of the warm fire on a winter’s day whilst children play. Once home to famous poet William Wordsworth and National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley, the house has been partially restored, offering the opportunity to see and touch the many layers of this home’s charming history.

  1. Enjoy a local walk

There are many idyllic trails around Grasmere, all varying in length. Helm Crag (Lion and the Lamb) (3.5 Miles) can be seen from our Valley View rooms, this walk is the perfect introduction to hiking in the Lake District, requiring moderate effort and offering awesome views. Loughrigg (5 miles) is one of Wainwright’s ‘midget mountains’ - more a sprawling hump than a mountain. Yet it's an absolute must for anyone on their first visit to this part of the Lake District. Alcock Tarn is a great circular walk starting and finishing in Grasmere village. The well maintained paths wind and gently climb uphill through the woods of Brackenfell before zig-zagging up the side of Grey Crag and leading you on to Alcock Tarn.

  1. Try the famous Grasmere Gingerbread

Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread is famous all over the country and used in recipes by many of the area's well known chefs. Try Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread for yourself and see if it puts Grasmere on the map for you!

  1. The Herdy Shop

Herdy is one of the most iconic brands in the Lake District which has gone from strength to strength! Call in and pick up bespoke mugs, tea towels, coasters and much more.

  1. Grasmere Garden Village

A large garden centre in the middle of the village selling gifts, clothing, books, plants. Also home to The Potting Shed café selling homemade cakes, coffees, light lunches and local beers.

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