Grasmere

Grasmere Village Church

Grasmere Village Church

Grasmere In Cumbria

Set within the heart of the Lake District, Grasmere is a very popular Lakeland village, whilst famous for being home to one of England’s best known romantic poet William Wordsworth, who described Grasmere as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. Today Grasmere is totally given over to the tourist industry, whilst probably Cumbria’s most popular village, with plenty of gift shops, places to eat and stay.

Wordsworth lived at Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1808 with his sister Dorothy. Her journals record their life together in Grasmere. Dove Cottage and gardens are open to the public and there is also an award winning museum with one of the greatest collections of manuscripts, books and paintings relating to British Romanticism.

Grasmere Village

In nearby Rydal you can visit Wordsworth’s later home, the beautiful Rydal Mount and Gardens, where he lived for 37 years.

The main event in Grasmere is the village sports days which takes place in August and was first held in 1852. This is the premier event in the village calendar, whilst being one of the most popular traditional events in the Lake District. Participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails.

looking Down Upon Grasmere

looking Down Upon Grasmere

Most of the buildings in and around Grasmere date from the 19th or early 20th Century, though the farms around Grasmere are much older. The Grasmere church of St Oswald’s dates from the 13th Century, and named after St Oswald, a 7th Century Christian King of Northumberland. It is the parish church of Grasmere, Rydal and Langdale, whilst each township has its own separate gate into the churchyard. In 1850 William Wordsworth died while out walking, having a simple tombstone in the churchyard, now one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. The church stands on the bank of the River Rothay, which is a popular novice’s river for canoeing, being grade 2 and approximately 6 kms and meandering through Wordsworth territory.

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Wordsworth's Grave Grasmere

Wordsworth's Grave Grasmere

From the village of Grasmere it is only a short walk to the lake, which can be superb early on a summer’s morning, with the mist still hovering upon the water. Rowing boats are available for hire seven days a week between March and early November. There is a walk around the lake, although part of it is on the main A591 road which runs along the east side of the lake.

A number of very popular walks begin near the centre of Grasmere village, including the ascent of Helm Crag and a longer route up to Fairfield. The village is also on the route of Alfred Wainwright’s Coast To Coast Walk.

Easdale Tarn walks, Grasmere is a very popular walk for beginner fell walkers, with a great feel of being in the mountains, although the route from Far Easdale is a walk best reserved for spring, autumn or summer due to the boggy ground.  This walk is approximately 4 miles.

Great How, near Grasmere is another popular short walk of only 2 miles in length.

Should you wish to see better quality photographs of Grasmere village, please visit Grasmere on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.

There is an abundance of holiday accommodation within Grasmere village and the surrounding area, with Campsites, Guest Houses and local pubs. For a pet friendly home search our Lake District Cottages for a local cottage close to the village centre that was once home to William Wordsworth.

Whatever time of year you visit Grasmere you will find one of the best Lakeland villages.

Grasmere

Grasmere From Stone Arthur

Grasmere From Stone Arthur

In the Lake District National Park, four miles northwest of Ambleside

Nestled in a dramatic low fells backdrop, the Vale of Grasmere has strong associations with Wordsworth and the romantic poets

Don’t miss
Wide range of walking opportunities, from high fells to lakeside and woodland paths
Spring daffodils and bluebells at Dora’s Field, Rydal
Spectacular unspoilt panoramas in every direction
Two picturesque lakes, perfect for boating and fishing
Visit the famous Dove Cottage, once the home of William Wordsworth
Hunt for Wordsworth’s inscription on a rock in Dora’s Field!

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Grasmere Lake
Spectacular scenery, with a backdrop to the fells and surrounding woodland, make this circular lakeside walk popular with families and those with young children. Despite being one of the smaller lakes in the Lake District it is still 1 mile long, half a mile wide and 75 feet deep. NY336066

Loughrigg Terrace
Walk or cycle this well known path between High Close and White Moss and enjoy the panoramic views over the Vale of Grasmere, with paths linking to Grasmere, Rydal and the summit of Loughrigg Fell. NY345058

Dora’s Field
Once owned by the poet William Wordsworth, this sloping field was named after his daughter and acquired as an alternative residence to Rydal Mount. The land was thankfully never developed and is now pleasant semi-open woodland, renowned for fine displays of bluebells and daffodils. NY363063

Sour Milk Gill Grasmere

Sour Milk Gill Grasmere

Helm Crag
Sitting at 398 metres, this small fell has stunning views over Grasmere and to the north. A favourite walk of Alfred Wainwright (1907 – 1991), the author of the famous ‘Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells‘, the summit stones have two names; from the north they are ‘The Old Lady Playing the Organ’ and from the south ‘The Lion and the Lamb’. NY327093

Easedale Tarn
This tarn gives people a taste of the high mountains, with fantastic mountain scenery. The path climbs up alongside the impressive falls at Sour Milk Ghyll. An ideal location for a picnic in the wilds of the countryside. NY310088

Opening arrangements
Countryside property
Open all year

Get in touch
High Close
Loughrigg
Ambleside
Cumbria LA22 9HH

015394 37663 (General Enquiries)

Email: grasmere@nationaltrust.org.uk