Drink in the shades of summer at Wordsworth House
The riverside garden that sparked William Wordsworth’s love of nature and helped turn him into one of the world’s favourite poets is filled with the colours and scents of early summer.
Join head gardener Amanda Thackeray for a guided tour on Tuesdays in June, or explore at your own pace.
Wandering ‘lonely as a cloud’ among centuries-old varieties of flowers and herbs, it isn’t hard to imagine the wild child born here 249 years ago and how his ‘sweet birthplace’ inspired a lifetime of creativity.
A stroll along the terrace where William and his sister Dorothy used to play reveals the Derwent, his ‘fairest of all rivers’, gurgling by.
Poetry by the river
Stop off in the summer house and listen to some of his poetry on the wind-up audio unit, before taking the steps to the small walled garden to meet the house’s mini flock of Orpington and Silkie chickens.
Seeing the garden now, filled with blossoms and blooms William and Dorothy would have recognised, it is impossible to tell that it was decimated by floods twice in the past ten years.
As recently as December 2015, Storm Desmond left their heritage playground under several feet of silty water.
Thanks to the hard work of Amanda and her team of volunteers, it was soon back to its glorious best, winning the Cumbria in Bloom Chairman’s Rose Bowl for 2016.
Time to explore
Why not pay Wordsworth House and Garden a visit and find out why the judges were so impressed? Join Amanda for a half-hour guided tour on Tuesday 4, 11, 18 or 25 June at 11.30am, or enjoy the tranquillity between 11am and 5pm (last entry 4pm) any day from Saturday to Thursday until 3 November.