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Exhibition, Sat 1 Sep - Sun 23 Dec 2018, £7.95

Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers

Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers



    'This Girl Did': Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers

    On 7 October 1818, Dorothy Wordsworth climbed England’s tallest peak: Scafell Pike. Her amazing and detailed description of the climb is among the earliest surviving accounts of this feat, one which by the end of the 19th century would be recognised as a favourite among British climbers and mountaineers. Dorothy’s account is also remarkable in that it is part of a rich tradition of early mountaineering about which we often forget: women’s pioneering roles in advancing mountaineering and upland walking as a recreational activity. This exhibition explores Dorothy’s place in the history of women’s mountaineering, and reveals how the Lake District became an important site for women’s upland adventures.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 1 Sep - Sun 23 Dec 2018 09:30 to 17:30
    During September and October this exhibition will be open from 9:30am-5.30pm, during November and December opening times will be 10.00am-4.30pm.


    Entry to the Wordsworth Museum is free with admission to Dove Cottage, or it is £7.95 for an exhibition-only ticket.


    • 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
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access

    Full disabled access is available to the Wordsworth Museum. 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 and there is a virtual tour of the cottage available at the information point in the Wordsworth Museum.


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    Plan route to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum 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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