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  • Louise B
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's been a long time since we visited Dove Cottage. A lot has changed as there is now a museum to look around as well as a cafe and gift shop.
    The beginning of the tour starts with a short video before entering the house. It was lovely to walk around the house taking in the ambience of what it felt and looked like in Wordsworth's time and to be able to touch things rather than treating the house like a museum. Our guide, Lotte, had a wealth of knowledge about the family and the house and is open to answering any questions you may have. The museum itself has an extensive collection of personal items and the written works of William & Dorothy so definetely worth taking your time to take all of it in. Also, I knew of the Rock of Names and that it had been moved from Thirlmere to the garden of Dove Cottage but it was nice too see it in situ. We are definetely going to be visiting again as the ticket is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Oh, and I would recommend you pre-book. You can purchase tickets when you get there but as there is limited places on each tour so you may have to wait until space is available.
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • Matt J. Smith
    Adlington, UK30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stunning location. What more can be said! The hike up to Easedale is equally beautiful, taking in the dramatic landscape of the Lake District, passing farmlands and fells. The path from Grasmere takes you along uneven and moderately challenging routes alongside Sour Milk Gill which was flowing powerfully after the heavy rainfall of the days before.
    Reaching the tarn you are immediately struck by its beauty and serenity with clear waters and mountain range backdrop. The waters are swimmable, despite the icy temperatures, for the experienced wild swimmer.
    A destination that is a must for anyone hiking this part of the Lakes.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There’s something magical about this lake. It’s not the largest in the Lake District but it is set amongst breathtaking countryside. The village itself does become extremely crowded so, in order to see the Lake and its surrounding countryside at its best, park at the White Moss Common car park on the left hand side of the road heading towards Rydal and Ambleside. Cross over the road with care due to speeding vehicles and once over the road and into the woods, turn left to walk to Rydal and right to walk to Grasmere. It’s a great walk through the woods in either direction and is particularly beautiful in spring and autumn,
    The more adventurous visitor can go up higher onto Loughrigg Terrace for more spectacular views over Grasmere.
    Silver Howe is also a good walk. For more views head up to Allen Bank( National Trust) from the village.
    Within the village are many cafes and restaurants. There are toilets but be warned, admission is 60p and is payable by card only.
    Well worth visiting this little gem of a lake.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Carol B
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    we climed the lion and lamb at grasmere on one of our first visits to the lake district in around 1999 and we walked a bit further to the howitzer and my husband climed to the top and as he placed his hand over the top there was a little ledge and in it was a rolled up union jack flag.this find made his climb all the more special.we are hoping to climb it again this year when we visit.will be curious if the flag is still in situ.
    the walk itself offered lovely views and was very enjoyable
    Written 6 March 2023
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  • artiekellie
    St Helens, UK88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The lack of opulence here makes me fell very fulfilled. I find great comfort and peace every time I go. The tranquility fills me up - until I need a recharge - so I go back again. Years ago I was in desperate need of support. I found it here at St Oswald’s , of which I remain eternally grateful.
    Any rate if the above seems a bit heavy, I was enjoying a cup of tea opposite the church, when my Daughter said to me “ Dad, are you going into the Church…? “”Too right” was my response, a split second later the church bell rang !
    Written 27 November 2023
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  • Mountainlove24
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic place to visit with children. Our two completed the Easter Egg trail which they loved. The selection of garden games/ activities was brilliant - we got to plant a seed, make faces with natural materials, play sack races/croquet/ring toss etc etc.
    The house allows you to bring picnics in and they have help yourself drinks (for a donation). There are board games in the upstairs rooms and an art room downstairs which our children could have spent ages in! The views are incredible and the walk around the grounds is lovely. Would definitely recommend to families with children!!
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • Dandrew
    95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked Alcock tarn then easedale tarn the day after , personally Alcock tarn was our favourite , a beautiful setting and tranquility. It looks like an infinity pool as you look at Windermere in the distance. Such a peaceful , special part of the lakes
    Written 16 August 2023
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  • AB
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful garden with a lovely inscription on a stone. When I went there were no queues and the added bonus is that I could hear the church choir which sounded beautiful. Its also near the famous gingerbread shop.
    Written 1 November 2023
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  • Sarah H
    Lilongwe, Malawi11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical and very peaceful woods with beautiful views. The kids really loved exploring them on a sunny Saturday in January.
    Written 6 January 2024
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  • Mark Bernard
    Dunbar, UK45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent service from Chris who instantly tapped into what the customer wanted…courtesy respect great service and a smile!!
    excellent scones, perfect and the best coffee I’ve had in a long time ..
    Overall a really nice visit ..the owner who pasted me could learn a thing or two.
    Grumpy and sour…not a good vibe either!
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • JonnoBibb
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steep but rewarding climb from Grasmere village to the summit of Stone Arthur , a Wainwright for peak bagger . Great summit views
    Written 16 October 2019
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  • Dr_Waugh
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK8,043 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I our walk up helm crag we couldn’t help but notice this raging torrent. With all of the recent rain the entire water course was frothing, not just the water fall element.
    Written 26 October 2020
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