This morning we departed our lodgings in Ambleside, Lake District, England and visited two nearby sites connected with famous writers, namely Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

First, we drove a short distance to Grasmere to join the 10.00 am guided tour of Dove Cottage. Here a very competent guide provided insight into life and living conditions of the (large) Wordworth family. The tenor of the home was characterised by stone floors, dark panelled rooms, coal fires and artifacts and furniture belonging to the family.

Wordsworth portrait

Dove Cottage interior

Dove Cottage exterior

Wordsworth ( 1770-1850) was a leading English romantic poet who helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature. He was closely assisted by his sister, Dorothy.

Wordsworth wrote lyrical poems and  ballads and had a close affinity with the Lake District.

Close to the Cottage is a museum housing an extensive collection of Wordsworth’s letters journals and poems.

Dove Cottage from rear

Next, we moved on to Bowness-on-Windermere to visit the World of Beatrix Potter Exhibition. This was a quality experience with emphasis on the characters and stories from the famous author. The former include Peter the Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin.Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) published over 23 books and, like Wordsworth, had a close affinity with the Lake District.

Peter the Rabbit

Seasonal flowers at Beatrix Potter Exhibition

Beatrix Potter and Guest

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

Next, we embarked on a five-hour journey to our next destination of the English Cotswolds, arriving at Moreton-in-Marsh about 5.00 pm.

After checking into our lodgings we dined out at the Red Lion Pub in Little Compton.

Red Lion, Little Compton

Red Lion, Little Compton

Tomorrow,we visit a falconry and other sites.

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