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Grasmere Town Information

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Grasmere - Photo © Michael Parry
Grasmere - Photo: Michael Parry CCL

The poet William Wordsworth and his wife Mary thought Grasmere was paradise. Today this small village lying on the shore of Grasmere lake is just as picturesque but far less peaceful thanks to the myriad visitors who wish to see it. The romantic wordsmith first inhabited Dove Cottage (1799 to 1808), then moved to nearby Allan Bank before finally settling for The Parsonage. Comparatively humble Dove Cottage remains the pivot of the modern Wordsworth pilgrimage because it is still in its original state. Next door, a blacksmith’s shop has been transformed into a local museum to tell the poet’s life story. Wordsworth, Mary, their children and his beloved sister, Dorothy, are buried at 13th century St. Oswald's Church.

The village is a haven for walkers seduced by the glorious surroundings, with the mountain Helvellyn rising nearby. A rush- bearing service takes place in August when each participant is given a piece of gingerbread bearing the face of St Oswald. In fact, gingerbread has been made here since 1854.

Grasmere’s largest annual event, however, is its famous August sports day when fell running and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling take pride of place.