One of the most loved and prettiest villages in England, not just in the national park but also in the UK, Grasmere in the Lake District has won the hearts of visitors from near and far. And it’s not surprising. It may be petite in size, but it sure knows how to make a first impression.
Once home to the famous poet, William Wordsworth, Grasmere not only boasts an array of riverside cafes, independent shops and galleries, it also overflows with an intriguing history.
Best Things to Do in Grasmere
Lying at the foot of some of South Lakeland’s most epic fells, the village of Grasmere boasts a beautiful backdrop. You’ll find plenty of great walks that start out from the village, but if you prefer something a little less strenuous, there’s lots to explore in the village itself. Make sure you call at the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, famous for its delicious gingerbread, fudge, Kendal Mint Cake, and award-winning rum butter.
There are also several art galleries where you can browse the impressive Lakeland art; riverside cafes such as the Grasmere Tea Gardens; and a variety of independent shops from outdoor stores to quirky gift shops.
Walks in Grasmere
There are plenty of walks in and around Grasmere whether you prefer hiking up the fells or something a little flatter, and easier on the legs. Some of the more popular walks that start out from the village itself include:
- Alcock Tarn
- Grasmere to Easedale Tarn
- Grasmere and Rydal Water lakeshore walk
- Loughrigg Terrace Walk and Rydal Cave
- Helm Crag
- Sour Milk Ghyll waterfall walk
- Silver Howe via Allan Bank
Water Based Activities in Grasmere
The lake at Grasmere is free from large steamboats or motorboats so it makes the perfect place for a variety of water based activities. Enjoy wild swimming and kayaking or hire a rowing boat in the summer months and soak up the scenery from the water.
Best Places to Visit in Grasmere
If it’s history you’re after on your visit to Grasmere in the Lake District, there are several interesting sites where you can delve deeper into the area’s past. Grasmere is synonymous with William Wordsworth who spent several years of his life living at Dove Cottage with his sister, Dorothy, and later his family and close friend.
Wordsworth was inspired by the beauty of Grasmere and the Lake District to pen some of his most famous works. He described the area as “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. You can step back in time at Dove Cottage and take a peek into Wordsworth’s life as you wander through the atmospheric rooms and pretty gardens.
Wordsworth Memorial Daffodil Garden
Created in 2003 in memory of Wordsworth’s famous poem “Daffodils”, the Daffodil Garden at Grasmere is a beautiful place where you can amble among the colourful spring flowers and pay homage to the great writer.
St Oswald’s Church at Grasmere
Close to the banks of the River Rothay, St Oswald’s Church is the burial place of William Wordsworth. During his time living in Grasmere, Wordsworth planted several of the yew trees in the churchyard. Coffins were once carried along the Coffin Route from St Mary’s Church in Rydal to be buried here.
Places to Stay in Grasmere
You’ll find lots of different places to stay so I’ve just selected a couple that offer fabulous accommodation in Grasmere, great food and a friendly atmosphere.
The Swan at Grasmere
Located just outside of the village itself, The Swan at Grasmere lets you escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a cosy evening with top-class dining. The traditional inn dates back to the mid 1600s and was referenced by William Wordsworth in his poem “The Wagoner”.
Rothay Garden Hotel in Grasmere
This luxury hotel stands in the heart of Grasmere Village and boasts a luxury Riverside Spa and award-winning Garden Restaurant. Many of the rooms feature an outside terrace or balcony and views of the surrounding fells.