Even without the literary fame that William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets brought to Grasmere, the village would still attract an army of visitors. Who can resist its beautiful setting, a short walk from the lake which shares its name, a low circle of fells gathered around the vale which it inhabits?

Seen from Loughrigg Terrace, at the southern end of the lake, on a bright spring or autumn morning, with a whisper of mist on the water, you’d be hard pushed not to conjure up a couple of lines of verse yourself.

South west of Grasmere are the Langdale valleys which, of all the great walking and climbing areas of the Lake District, are probably the best known, the most frequently photographed and the most touched by the human sole.

Neolithic man made axes here, Romans built a road through the area, Norsemen came to settle. If you hunger for poetry, history and lots of fresh air and exercise put Grasmere, Rydal and the Langdales on the priority list.

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