Drink in the shades of summer at Wordsworth House

A woman reading among the roses in Wordsworth House garden

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 summer.

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.

Wordsworth House's organic, heritage garden is a haven for bees
A bee rests on a thistle in Wordsworth House garden
Wordsworth House's organic, heritage garden is a haven for bees

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 head gardener Amanda Thackeray and her team of volunteers, it was soon back to its glorious best, winning the Cumbria in Bloom Chairman’s Rose Bowl for 2016.

This June, the house and garden were named as Cumbria Tourism's Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.

Time to explore

Why not pay Wordsworth House and Garden a visit and find out why the judges were so impressed? You can enjoy the tranquillity between 11am and 5pm (last entry 4pm) any day from Saturday to Thursday until 3 November.

Wordsworth House has a mini flock of Orpington and Silkie hens
A group of chickens in an enclosure
Wordsworth House has a mini flock of Orpington and Silkie hens