This post is part of a series about the Lake District, Cumbria, England. For those who have missed the first parts:
Grasmere is quite a popular destination when visiting the Lake District. The village is situated really in the middle of everything, which makes a great base to go exploring the lakes. In addition to the great location, the village is overlooked by great mountains and is very pretty. When we visited during our Easter getaway, the top of the mountains were still covered with snow. It looked really gorgeous, like a postcard. I wish we had a blue sky, but it wasn’t raining so I shouldn’t complain too much ! :-)
There are many walks that are starting from the center of the village. We did one that started at the Broadgate Meadow car park. It took us along the river and up a tiny hill where we could see so many nice looking sheep grazing around. There were a bit shy, and it was impossible to approach them, despite many attempts ;-)
For the foodies (I know there are some among my readers :-)), Grasmere is also the home of the famous Grasmere gingerbread ! The town is full of pubs, restaurants and little souvenirs shops. We had an afternoon snack in one little cafe and it was delicious !
There is also a nice church near the river, St Oswald’s Church, that dates from the 13th century. The churchyard is lovely and you can find the famous Wordsworth’s grave. William Wordsworth was a famous English romantic poet from the 19th century. Here is a excerpt of Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, (lines 1-9).
There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Appareled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more
Not too far way from the church, there is the Grasmere Garden Village, a wonderful shop for green-fingered, passionate about flowers or simply curious people :-)
Grasmere was very nice but is totally given over the tourist industry. However, I can’t deny it’s a wonderful village and is worth to stop by during your exploration of the Lakes. I much prefer the atmosphere of Grasmere than Ambleside :-)
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