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Walking Event, Sat 18 May 2019, £6-£10





    Dorothy Wordsworth is best known for the journal that she wrote in Grasmere, but many are unaware of the details of her life beyond it: her life as a remarkable walker, her struggles with chronic illness, her commitment to her family and friends, and her devotion to her brother.

    Two women take us into Dorothy’s world for a spring afternoon. Walking in Dorothy’s footsteps around Grasmere with Senior Hospice Nurse Lilian Simmonds, we will experience the routes that brought Dorothy so much joy, strength and inspiration. Lilian will also share how getting to know Dorothy has changed her own life for the better. This gentle walk will take around two hours, with several short breaks, and includes a stop at the Wishing Gate and a gentle stroll around the lake, and will finish with some well-deserved tea and cake.

    Following the walk, Kathleen Winter (novelist and short-story writer) will read from Dorothy’s 1834 journal in the Jerwood Centre reading room. Dorothy’s unpublished late journal covers 10 years of her life at Rydal Mount, during which time she struggled with ill-health, often unable to leave her bed. Nevertheless, her journal gives a fascinating insight into the later life of the Wordsworth family, as well as her own inner strength.

    (For details of the talk see ‘Why Should We Read...Dorothy Wordsworth?’)

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 18 May 2019 13:00 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...Dorothy Wordsworth?’)


    • 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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