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Central Lakes-Day 2

If you are limited on time or want a beginner’s guide to the Lakes, the South and Central Lakes are great for providing a snapshot of what this World Heritage site has to offer. This easily accessible area has so much going on. You can cruise on a lake, reach a summit, delve into Cumbria’s history and heritage and dig into some tasty local treats, all within a small (yet perfectly formed) area.



Catch the 555 or 559 bus from Windermere Station to Rydal (just outside Ambleside). Alight at the bus stop by Rydal Church and Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth.
Head up round the back of Rydal Mount and join the Coffin Trail. Don’t let the name put you off, this is an easy 3 mile wooded route connecting Rydal and Grasmere. The route was used to transport coffins from Rydal to the Church in Grasmere, hence the name. The route is obvious and well-trodden but be sure to take a map just in case. It brings you out on the outskirts of Grasmere Village, fabled for its gingerbread. This lovely village is well worth exploring and has a lot of links to William Wordsworth and other Romantic Poets.

If your legs are tired from yesterday’s adventures, then why not take an intrepid Mountain Goat tour. The booking office is by Windermere Station and they have a number of tours exploring the iconic landscape of this World Heritage site. Pre-booking is essential. The fantastic drivers impart a wealth of local knowledge about the area and its heritage.

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Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's best loved home for 37 years. Here he wrote many of his poems and revised and improved much of his earlier works including the Prelude and the famous 'Daffodils' poem.



Grasmere is perhaps best known as the home of William Wordsworth. Set alongside Grasmere Lake, Grasmere is shrouded by a panorama of fells and mountains that provide the atmosphere so beloved of Wordsworth and the Romantic poets.


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This fascinating little shop was built in 1630 as the village school, and is where Wordsworth occasionally taught. In 1854 it became the home of Sarah Nelson's world famous original celebrated Grasmere gingerbread.

Speciality: Gingerbread, Rum Butter, Local Produce & Ginger themed products.


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The ideal way to explore the spectacular scenery of the Lake District. Mountain Goat provide full-day and half-day guided mini-coach tours where you can sit back and relax and enjoy some of the of the most stunning scenery in the UK.



If you head to Grasmere have a lunch break here.


Either head back on the Coffin Trail to Rydal and catch the bus from there or catch the bus from the village green in Grasmere back to Windermere.


Either enjoy another nights stay or head home of the train.


The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, clear morning skies can rapidly give way to rain, sleet or even snow so be prepared! Changes in weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route so please consider this before setting off. Call 0844 846 2444 to check the forecast.

Practical information
Appropriate clothing can make all the difference. It is important to be warm, comfortable and dry when out exploring so make sure you have the appropriate kit and plenty of layers.

Your rucksack should hold everything needed and be carried comfortably. Have extra layers, a hat and gloves, enough food and drink, and a first aid kit. A compass, map and the knowledge to use them is invaluable.

Mobile phone reception isn’t always good in the Lake District. Leave details of your route and expected finish time with a buddy. If you are delayed please contact your buddy to let them know. This will prevent mountain rescue, a team of volunteers, being called out unnecessarily. If there is an emergency call 999, ask for Cumbria Police and give your location; an accurate grid reference is ideal.

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