William Wordsworth Poet & Writer

William Wordsworth

The lakes as its commonly know as the Lake District of the UK. Many of the England’s’ famous  poets and writers have lived or experienced the Lake’s in some way or another leading to the opinion that the Lake District is a special creative and spiritual place.

One of the most famous of the UK’s poets is William Wordsworth. He was born in 1770 just outside the lake district in a town called cockermouth, and spent much of his childhood enjoying the area. He left the lake district in 1787 when he went to study in Cambridge University – a now globally recognized university, granted a royal charter by King Henry III in 1231. Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university. It was here that William Wordsworth’s tutors realised his creative potential and was given a bequest of £900, which enabled him to pursue a literary career.

Wordsworth then traveled around Great Britain and Europe for 12 years where he met and became friends with two other poets Robert Southey and Samuel Coleridge. Both William and Samuel became Poet Laureate “officially appointed by a government or conferring institution”. William Wordsworth introduced them to the beauty of the lake district and when William returned to live here with his sister Dorothy , whom became his secretary, and he invited his poet friends to stay. They also fell in love with this area and stayed for many years.

In 1799 William and Dorothy moved into a house in the village of Grasmere called Dove Cottage which was a former inn called the dove and olive branch. William later married his childhood companion Mary Hutchinson and gave birth to three of their five children. As their family was growing they decided to move to another house in Grasmere called Allan Bank which was much larger, though William never liked this house. They stayed here for two years till 1811 and then went on to the old rectory opposite St Oswalds Church. This was a cold and damp house and unfortunately their two youngest children died.

They moved on to Rydal mount in 1813 and William and Mary stayed at this house until their deaths in 1850 and 1859. These homes are now protected under the National Trust and tourists can visit them and see how William and his family lived.

William and his family are buried in the churchyard of St Oswalds Church in Grasmere not far from the Sarah Nelson Gingerbread Shop. The church where Wordsworth is one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. One of his most famous poems called “Daffodils” or ” I wandered lonely as a cloud” was written after seeing the beautiful daffodils blowing in the breeze we believe around the shores of nearby Ullswater.

William Wordsworth also wrote 70000 lines of verse in his lifetime, 40000 more than any other poet.

Busybus take day trip tours to the Lakes District from multiple departure points

This Lake District day trip is a professional sightseeing tour that has been carefully routed and planned with your driver tailoring the day to suit the weather, atmosphere and ambiance of the general group on board to get the best from visit the lakes tour. This makes every mini bus tour unique, special and memorable and allows you to partake in as much (or little) as you feel comfortable with. You will never be put under any commitment or pressure to do anything that you don’t wish to on our mini bus adventure