“Be thankful, thou; for, if unholy deeds
Ravage the world, tranquility is here”.
These, the last two lines of Wordsworth's 1806 composition, “Clouds”, sums up Grasmere Lake and its surrounds. At only 1 mile long and ½ a mile wide, it, together with the nearby village of Grasmere and its attractions of Dove Cottage and St. Oswalds Church, is visited by tourists from around the world.
There are gentle walks along Loughrigg Terrace on the southern shores, and a path follows the River Rothay on the tree-lined route to the adjoining lake of Rydal Water. Paths along higher ground afford the visitor breathtaking views of wooded slopes toward the peaks of The Langdales and Helvellyn beyond.
There are sheltered areas ideal for picnics, where you can sit quietly and enjoy the landscape which was such an inspiration to the poet.
Rowing boats are for hire in the summer months, and anglers can obtain a day permit to fish the waters for brown trout.
The lake and village are reached along the often busy A591, and consequently parking-spaces in and around the village are sometimes scarce.
There are regular bus services operating to and from Grasmere, some of which connect with the not too distant railway stations of Windermere and Ulverston.
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