A walk from Ambleside to Grasmere celebrating the Wordsworths' arrival at Dove Cottage on the same day 220 years ago.

This informal walking event, run by The Wordsworth Centre, Lancaster University in partnership with the Wordsworth Trust, celebrates William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s 70 mile walk from Sockburn in Yorkshire to their new home at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, arriving on Friday 20 December 1799.

The event consists of an easy 4 mile walk for the general public, from Ambleside to Grasmere, following a route often taken by the Wordsworths. The walk will be divided into four main sections, each exploring the full route that William and Dorothy took from Sockburn to Grasmere over 4 days.

There will be readings, discussions and creative activities along the way for those participating, led by Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sally Bushell, Dr Becca Hutcheon (Lancaster University) and Dr Louise Ann Wilson (artist and researcher) and poet Paul Farley.

On arrival at Dove Cottage you will be welcomed by Michael McGregor, Director of the Wordsworth Trust, given a chance to view a key manuscript relating to the journey and celebrate the Wordsworths’ homecoming with the reading of a specially-commissioned poem by Paul Farley.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544


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Please note: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year. Please check their website for opening information before you visit

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