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Walking Event, Sat 3 Aug 2019, £6-£10





    John Thelwall was a leading radical of the day. He supported the French Revolution, campaigned for universal suffrage and annual elections for Parliament, was tried for treason, spent part of his life in the Lake District, and was a strong advocate for elocution lessons. Now, Professor Judith Thompson of Dalhousie University brings him back to life – just for one day!

    We will begin the day by taking a walk in Thelwall’s footsteps, visiting key places in the Lake District while learning about his life, work and politics – and why, in the 21st century, political awareness and participation is more important than ever. This easy to moderate walk will be about 3 miles, and will include a stop at the Devil’s Bridge and walk along the riverside.

    After a break for lunch and the journey back to Grasmere, we will join Judith in the Jerwood Centre reading room for a book launch straight out of the 18th century as Judith takes on the character of Thelwall for a reading from Poems, Chiefly on the Scenery of Nature – and asks you to decide how much you think that his writing speaks to the world today.

    Look out for an announcement detailing the route and meeting place for this walk.

    (For details of the talk see: ‘Why Should We Read...John Thelwall?’)

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 3 Aug 2019 10:00 to 17:00


    £10 for a ticket combining both the walk and the talk, or walk £6 and talk £5 (For details of the talk see: ‘Why Should We Read...John Thelwall?’)


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

    As Dove Cottage is an historic building, we have been unable to make provision for disabled access. However most wheelchairs will find the ground floor accessible.


    The Wordsworth Trust


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    Plan route to Dove Cottage using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: NY 341070  Lat: 54.45410 Long: -3.01792

    By Bus: Hop on the regular 599 open top service from Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside. Sit back, relax and admire the stunning views across the Lakes. The 555 also runs regularly between Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere and Kendal. The bus stops just across the Road from Dove Cottage.

    By bike: There are cycle parking stands near the attraction's restaurant.

    On Foot: There is an easy and safe two-minute walking route from Grasmere to Dove Cottage along Stock Lane. There is also a lakeside path or the Coffin Trail Bridleway which links Grasmere to Rydal near Ambleside. Both are fairly easy-going routes with great views.

    By Car: Leave the M6 at jct 36, follow signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery is located on the A591, the main Kendal to Keswick road through the Lake District, just South of the Grasmere mini roundabout.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Windermere station

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