The Lake District in May

After my exams, I had booked a room in the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere, The Lake District.  We drove up via Penrith, calling into a few gardens, buying chips for supper in Keswick and on our second day (after a hearty full english in a cafe around the corner from the hotel) we visited Dove Cottage and the National Trust’s Allan Bank, where I saw my first ever (and my second and my third) red squirrel living in the wild.

Day 1

Day 2

First stop was the impressive Askham Hall, where I’d definitely stop again if not just to eat in their welcoming restaurant.

Askham Hall

We enjoyed a wall alongside the still, deep waters at Morland House.

Weeds or flowers?

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Acorn Bank, owned by the National Trust, is something of an enigma, having until recently been a cancer respite home and now both the gardens and the (empty) interiors are open to the public

Day 2

Allan Bank


Dove Cottage, a former home of the poet William Wordsworth, who is buried in the graveyard at Grasmere

The misty view from the steep garden of Dove Cottage
The severe facade of Mire House
Mire House – photos were not allowed inside

Townend #ambleside

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When visited: May 2017

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