The area surrounding Windermere has inspired some of the most famous poets and authors of all time, including English Romantic William Wordsworth, who spent the first 20 years and the last 50 years of his life in the Lake District . The beauty of the area is evident in his work, such as I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud , which was inspired by the daffodils along the shores of Ullswater. The Prelude also stems from his time in the Lake District .
Another famous author, Beatrix Potter, spent her youth exploring the outdoors throughout the Lake District . These early experiences are reflected in her renowned Peter Rabbit children’s books, including Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck .
And Arthur Ransome resided in several different Lake District locations, many of which became the setting for his Swallows and Amazons series of books. In fact, one of Ransome’s first boats is on display at the Windermere Steamboats Museum .
Finally, novelist Sir Hugh Walpole’s The Herries Chronicle, describes 200 years in the history of a fictional Cumbriam family. Walpole , in fact, spent the last years of his life living at Brackenburn.