Grasmere and Rydal Water
It was while walking through Glencoyne Bay, between Grasmere and Ullswater, that Wordsworth spotted "golden daffodils… dancing in the breeze" and went on to pen his most famous poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. Visit Dove Cottage (the poet's former home) for daily readings or stop by his final resting place at St Oswald’s Church – Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread shop is a stone’s throw away. The Red Bank Road is perhaps the area’s most popular walk, but we recommend following the footpath along the west shore of Grasmere lake to the quieter Rydal Water where mirror-still reflections of Loughrigg Fell are broken only by wild swimmers and paddleboarders. Nearby Rydal Cave is well worth exploring.