Things to see and do

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Grasmere is the ideal place from which to access all of the delights on offer in the Lakes.

Given the location of Grasmere you are spoilt for choice for walks or off-road cycle routed amongst the fells. From the doorstep you can start an ascent of the popular route up Helm Crag — known locally as The Lion and the Lamb, due to the shape of rock formations on the summit when viewed from the road, or take a circular route around Grasmere lake or the neighbouring Rydal water.

For details of many other walks in the Lake District try lakedistrict-walks.co.uk

Nestling at the foot of some spectacular fells and with its own lake, Grasmere has many shops, pubs and cafes. You can also visit Wordsworth’s grave in the churchyard and buy the legendary Grasmere Gingerbread.

With other popular towns like Ambleside, WIndermere and Keswick not too far away and reachable by the local bus service, you should not be stuck for things to see and do.

Keswick. Sitting by the shores of Lake Derwentwater, is one of the major tourist visitor towns in The Lake District. With its vast array of bars, restaurants, outdoor adventure & clothing shops and attractions there is much to see and do. Why not take in a show at the celebrated Theatre By The Lake, a film at the Alhambra Cinema, enjoy a visit to the Pencil Museum, a trip around or across the lake via a Keswick Launch or simply enjoy the Tuesday or Saturday markets.

The Great Outdoors. If getting out into the countryside is your pleasure then The Lake District National Park is certainly the place for that. Just a short journey from Little Parrock are the Central and Eastern Fells – many of Wainwright’s favourites; Skiddaw, Blencathra, Grizedale Pike, Catbells, Grassmore, Whiteside, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks – to name but a few. All have fabulous walks up, around or over them.

For the golfer there are nearby courses at Cockermouth and Keswick .

Nature and the Environment. As you would expect of a National Park, wildlife is abundant and The Lake District is famous for its Red Squirrel numbers and its regular nesting Ospreys. But that’s not all there is, see http://www.cumbria-wildlife.org.uk for a somewhat more comprehensive list. A great day out can be had at The Lake District Wildlife Park 22 miles away near Bassenthwaite.

In no particular order we have put together a short list of links to places you might like to visit that are in Grasmere;

Dove Cottage – Home of Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808
Rydal Mount – Historic Home and Gardens of William Wordsworth
Grasmere Gingerbread – Wolrd famous gingerbread
The Jumble Room – Family run restaurant in Grasmere
Heaton Cooper Studio – Gallery and Cafe