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Top Literary Sites in the Lake District

By Viator, December 2017

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Home to rolling glens and emerald-blue lakes, the romantic Lake District has inspired some of England’s most renowned storytellers. Here are a few ways to follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, and John Ruskin in Cumbria.

Lake Windermere
Beatrix Potter was an English conservationist, illustrator, and writer—most famous for penning The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Visitors come from across the world to Lake Windermere, Coniston Water, and surrounds to see for themselves the landscapes and locations that so inspired her. Local attractions for fans of Peter Rabbit and friends include Hill Top farm—where Potter once lived—and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead.

Tarn Hows
Tarn Hows is an area of wilderness nestled in the Lake District National Park and once owned by Beatrix Potter herself. According to Potter’s diaries, she spent many hours walking along the shoreline, and—when the land came up for sale in 1930—she raised the money to buy it to ensure it remained protected. It’s now owned and cared for by the National Trust.

Cockermouth
Widely considered among the most famous of Britain’s 18th-century Romantic poets, William Wordsworth drew enormous inspiration from the Lake District. His house in the small market town of Cockermouth is a popular attraction, and visitors can step back to the 1770s and see the property as Wordsworth himself did.

Grasmere
Dove Cottage in Grasmere is another of Wordsworth’s homes, and today it is a top pilgrimage site for poetry lovers. No visit is complete without a trip to Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water, beautiful expanses of clear water and open skies believed to have inspired his works. You can also visit the pretty village of Hawkshead, where William Wordsworth went to school.

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Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District from Windermere, Windermere, null
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Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 278 Reviews

The English Lake District is one of the most recent additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Admire the rolling countryside and craggy fells whilst listen ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.41
Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise, Windermere, Day Trips
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Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Discover the locations that inspired Beatrix Potter on a 4.5-hour Lake District afternoon tour. Embark on a cruise across the majestic Lake Windermere, ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.08
3 Day Lake District Tour including Lake Cruise, Windermere, Day Trips
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3 Day Lake District Tour including Lake Cruise

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Enjoy two nights' stay at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel — formerly owned by beloved children's author Beatrix Potter — located close to Lake ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $532.67
Private Tour: Lake District of Beatrix Potter, Windermere, Multi-day Tours
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Private Tour: Lake District of Beatrix Potter

A private tour of the Lake District of Beatrix Potter with your personal guide. Explore the landscape associated with Beatrix Potter, visit her former home at ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $634.13
William Wordsworth Daffodils Tour, Keswick, Private Sightseeing Tours
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William Wordsworth Daffodils Tour

Are you ready to travel back to the 1770s and follow in the footsteps of our famed Cumbrian poet and writer, William Wordsworth?  On this tour we will ...  Read more

Location: Keswick, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $333.75
The Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit Tour, Windermere, Private Sightseeing Tours
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The Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit Tour

A very special day tour through the Lakes to see the home of Beatrix Potter and the gardens in which Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck lived.  After which we ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $333.75

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