Details: Travel to Lake District via Rydal Mount, home of Romantic poet William Wordsworth
Journey to Britain’s largest national park, where meandering rivers cut through what some describe as the country’s most beautiful region. Along the scenic ride, encounter countless lakes glittering between rugged hills, jagged mountain peaks hovering above, and rippling waters flowing to and from every direction. Venturing on, enter the picturesque village of Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth since 1799. Stop for an intimate tour of Rydal Mount, the house where the master wordsmith spent the last 37 years of his life (1813-1850). Wander through the garden terrace (designed by Wordsworth himself) to a small cabin-like abode for a peek at his favorite spot for penning poetic prose. Along the riverbanks, discover the inspiration of literary genius -- and leave with a little of your own.
Details: Dove Cottage visit
An essential stop for fans of classic literature, Dove Cottage offers a rare glimpse inside the life of famed English poet, William Wordsworth. It was here, between 1799 and 1808, that Wordsworth wrote much of the poetry for which he is remembered today. The cottage remains mostly untouched from that time, with many of the Wordsworth’s household items still displayed. The adjacent Wordsworth Museum, The Jerwood Centre and the “half-wild” garden provide an even more detailed look at one of England’s true romanticists.