Through the Lake District, Dove Cottage at Grasmere and sweeping views of Northumberland

Roz Scheer-McLeod and Candy Fischer
Roz Scheer-McLeod and Candy Fischer

by Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., ’74, professor of English/communication

After three days of rain, Notre Dame's travelers awoke to mist on Monday morning, which lifted as we drove through the Lake District, and at Grasmere we were in full sunshine.

The entire College contingent at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.
The entire College contingent at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.

William Wordsworth and his family lived at Dove Cottage for almost ten years, a time during which he wrote some of his most significant poems. After visiting the house, garden and museum, we strolled the village, visited Wordsworth's grave in the village churchyard, savored some gingerbread and drove north toward Scotland.

After a simple pub lunch, we parked the coach at Steel Riggs, a stop on the National Trust hiking trail, and walked along a section of the Roman wall built almost 1900 years ago to keep the warlike Picts out of Roman-occupied Britain.

A few hardy hikers climbed the second ridge and enjoyed sweeping views of  Northumberland . . . until a hail and rainstorm sent everyone scurrying back to the coach.

On to Edinburgh!

 

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