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Whitehaven & Workington - A Day in Wordsworth Country (full day)

Depart Whitehaven this morning and drive south through the delightful countryside of the Lake District National Park to Ravenglass. Ravenglass is the only coastal town within the Lake District National Park, and lies on the estuary of three rivers - the Esk, the Mite and the Irt. It became an important naval base for the Romans in the 2nd century, though little remains of this now. The main street is paved with sea cobbles, which leads up from the shingle beach.

Continue on through pretty villages and stunning panoramas to Rydal Mount, where Wordsworth lived from 1813 to 1850. The house, which still belongs to the poet’s descendents, has seen little change since Wordsworth and his family came to live there in 1813. The house contains portraits, personal possessions and first editions of the poet's work, and you may visit the attic study which Wordsworth used when has was Poet Laureate. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and there is time to wander through the delightful gardens, which remain very much as he originally designed, before you drive the short distance onto Dove Cottage.

Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet. The cottage is located in the hamlet of Town End, Grasmere, a place and a landscape at the centre of the English Lake District where the poet lived, wrote and found inspiration. Here the Wordsworth Museum is located, and displays some of the nation's greatest treasures from the age of Romanticism including original manuscripts, eighteenth and nineteenth century local landscapes, portraits of Wordsworth, his contemporaries and family possessions. Enjoy lunch in this delightful setting, before continuing north on to Keswick, the main town for the northern half of the Lake District. On arrival there is some free time to independently explore Keswick, located alongside the scenic shores of Derwentwater, considered to be one of England’s finest lakes.

Your final destination today is Wordsworth House, located in Cockermouth, itself a charming town of colourwashed houses beside the river. A fine Georgian townhouse, William Wordsworth was born here in 1770 and several of the rooms still contain some of his personal effects. The lovely terraced garden is mentioned in his autobiographical poem The Prelude and today wander through the garden at leisure, as Wordsworth would have done over 200 years ago.

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Tours in Whitehaven & Workington

The Three Lakes Panoramic Tour
Keswick & William Wordsworth’s Birthplace
A Day in Wordsworth Country

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