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The Lake District

Thursday, June 10th, 2010


Wordsworth, Coleridge, and many other famous poets lived in the Lake District in the center of England. The grassy mountains have a specific shape to them – they are mostly rounded with a few jagged edges. They are very calming to look at. Beautiful yellow daffodils grow in the wild around the lakes in the spring. No wonder the great British poets were inspired in this location!


Wordsworth’s cottage is available for tours. Fragrant pink roses crawl up the sides of his white house. Period furniture is arranged how it would have looked when Wordsworth lived there in the early 1800’s. The view from his bedroom window was spectacular, and his desk faced the view. So many of Wordsworth’s poems describe the Lake District, and now I could see what he was talking about with my own eyes.


Hiking is a fun activity around the mountains and lakes. You can follow set trails, and you can know ahead of time how far each one is, and how difficult. One time a group of four of us got stranded way up on the hills far away from any town. We missed the last bus, and we had to call a taxi to come get us and take us to the nearest town. We split the bill among the four of us, so it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be. You really need to pay attention to the timetables of the public transportation, if that’s how you plan to get around. However, the views from the tops of those mountains and hills far from civilization were absolutely breathtaking and worth every penny of the taxi ride!