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Monday, November 17, 2014

Dove Cottage

A must-see attraction in the Lake District especially for poetry fans is William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, where he wrote his classic "I wandered Lonely as a Cloud."

Dove Cottage, near Grasmere, Lake District.

This quaint whitewashed house near Grasmere was Wordsworth's first home in the Lake District, where he stayed between 1799 and 1808.

Dove Cottage is now owned by the Wordsworth Trust, the cottage is full of Wordsworth memorabilia, including the poet's ice-skates, his passport, a pair of his reading glasses and a portrait of one of his favourite dogs, Pepper, given to him as a present by Sir Walter Scott. Also on display is the Grasmere Journal, written by his sister, Dorothy, with whom he lived, wrote and gardened in the cottage.

Dove Cottage
Grasmere, Cumbria
LA22 9S
Tel: 015394 35544

Dove Cottage is on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the middle of the Lake District.

Driving from the south, exit the M6 motorway at junction 36 and follow the signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside.
From the north, exit the M6 at junction 40 and follow the signs first to Keswick, then to Grasmere/Ambleside.

The nearest train station is Windemere 8 miles away. There are buses running past Dove Cottage from the station: #555 or #599.

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