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Grasmere in the Lake District

Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Grasmere in Cumbria.

Grasmere Lake. Cumbria and the Lake District.

Length: just over a mile.
Nearest towns:

Ambleside S on the A591, 3mls/5km.
Bowness & Windermere S on the A591, 7.5mls/13km.
Keswick on the A591, 12mls/19km.

Location map

Another of the smaller lakes. Nearby is the village of Grasmere, another of the jewels that Cumbria displays to delight the visitor.

The village is small, but packed with interesting features such as Dove Cottage where Wordsworth lived while trying to make his name as a poet.

In the grounds of the cottage the Rock of Names has a list of initials carved into the stone, including those of Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy and the poet Coleridge.

The cottage is now a museum dedicated to the Wordsworths. Nearby are their graves.

Grasmere village. Cumbria and the Lake District.
Grasmere village.


Access to the lake is restricted so most people either walk along the pavement on the A591 to view the lake, or climb the fells to enjoy the views.


In the middle of the Lake District between Windermere and Thirlmere. Rydal Water is less than half a mile away.

Map of Grasmere