Friday, 17 June 2016

Grasmere

Last Sunday found us in Grasmere, a beautiful little village famous for, amongst other things, William Wordsworth and gingerbread. It even has its own blog here.
Often we find ourselves in Grasmere at the beginning and end of a long walk (there being so many to choose from in the area) but on this day it was just for the simple joy of a bimble around.
We usually park a little way out of the village which lends itself to a gentle stroll alongside the river Rothay.
This is a view of Helm Crag which overlooks Grasmere.
It was so lovely to see all the bunting out following the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.
In the centre of the village is the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden through which meanders a pathway of around 3000 slate paving stones sponsored by visitors from all over the world.
                          
It is such a beautiful place to sit for a while in quiet contemplation, stunning when the Daffodils are in full bloom and breathtaking in Autumn (my favourite time here) when the golden leaves carpet the ground.
These photographs are from October last year.
The garden was very quiet when we visited. Possibly because everyone was waiting for gingerbread.
We didn't buy any on this trip. Delicious as it is, there was a very long queue outside the shop as it is so very popular with visitors.
Grasmere holds fond memories for me as it is the start and finish for a walk up to Easdale Tarn, one of my favourites. A walk I hope to do again very soon.
J. X

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  1. Looks like you had a lovely day out. Ages since I have been to Grasmere, I tend only to stop if I think there is a chance that Cotswold Rock Bottom might have new stock.

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    1. It is a really lovely village. It was nice just to be able to spend a little more time there for a change. X

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  2. That is a lovely walk, you have some lovely days out x

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    1. Thank you Marlene. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area. X

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  3. It certainly looks idyllic, a beautiful place to visit.

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  4. oh i adore Grasmere! haven't been in years, we went with my school to Little Langdale for a week and we had to go over one of those hills to get to Grasmere :) I remember I bought a slate with the Daffodils poem engraved on it but it got broken a few years ago :( it's my all time favourite poem :)
    what a lovely day out for you xx

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    1. There are a lot of those hills around Grasmere ;-) I'm glad you also have such fond memories. X

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  5. I love Grasmere and think it's lovely anytime of the year. There seems to always be a massive queue at the Gingerbread shop whatever time we go. Lovely pictures and I'm glad it holds great memories for you too xx

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    1. There always seems to be a queue, but it is delicious. X

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  6. We like Gramere very much tooand our favourite hotel now has a sister in Grasmere which is currently being modernised. Last time we visited in the Spring, it was so busy there was nowhere to park at all and we drove on homewards and called in at Keswick. Catriona

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    1. It must have been an extremely busy day although Keswick makes for a lovely stop off too. X

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  7. Looks so peaceful...I wonder if I will ever get to visit. x

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    1. It is if you avoid the crowds. I would like to think you would get to visit one day. X

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  8. What! No gingerbread? Oh well, making your own is more frugal anyways.

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    1. In theory that would be my way of thinking but in practice it is a delicious secret recipe and I've never yet tasted anything similar. X

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  9. What a lovely day out and you've taken some fabulous photos. Another one for my list of places to visit. It's like having my own personal tourist information officer when you go out for the day. Keep them coming please :) xx

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    1. Ha ha! Yes, if you ever need any more information give me a shout. My rates are very reasonable ;-) X

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  10. How lovely Jules. Getting outside and walking especially in surroundings such as yours is one of my favourite things to do . Thanks for taking us with you x

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    1. Thank you Selma. It's one of my favourite things too. X

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  11. I haven't been to Grasmere for years, thank you for sharing your visit.

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    1. Maybe it's time for another visit. X

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  12. We love Grassmere but tend not to linger long - not keen on crowds, never seen the annotated pathway before - must go and look for it next time were are there.

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    1. It's right next to the Gingerbread shop. I don't do crowds either, or queues. :-) X

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  13. you have me craving autumn now. Love that path, an inspired idea.
    x

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    1. I'm getting a bit like that myself. Summer seems all but over here so roll on the Autumn days. X

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  14. Beautifully Scenic! Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Thank you. Yes, it's a beautiful area. X

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