If you ever wanted to understand what inspires creativity, you must experience the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District to gain a real insight.

 

The Lake District National Park has been an inspirational location for a number of historically important writers. These include the Lake Poets Wordsworth, Coleridge and Robert Southey, and the much-loved children’s author, Beatrix Potter.

 

Wordsworth’s best-known piece of writing is probably his ‘Daffodils’ poem, which begins, famously, with the words “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” He was inspired by the beauty of the countryside around Ullswater to write this. Although the exact location of the “host, of golden daffodils” isn’t known, the most likely location is between Patterdale and Gowbarrow.

 

This is great fell walking and climbing country. Nearby towns include Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, with plenty of attractive places to eat and drink and holiday cottages.

 

You can also visit places where Wordsworth lived in the Lake District. At Rydal Mount near Ambleside you’ll find Wordsworth’s family home. The house is set in four acres of beautiful gardens and there is also a tearoom serving a selection of homemade cakes. The other famous Wordsworth location in the Lake District is Dove Cottage, in Grasmere. Wordsworth discovered the cottage when out walking with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1799. He immediately fell in love with it and it was here he wrote some of his most famous poems.

 

If you call in at Dove Cottage it feels like you’ve been instantly transported back to that time. It is a place of quiet, contemplative beauty. Next door to the cottage itself is the Wordsworth Museum, which houses an impressive collection of William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s letters, journals and poems.

 

In Hawkshead you’ll find a 17th century house that’s the home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery. The gallery has on display many of Beatrix Potter’s original drawings and watercolours, including original illustrations of characters in her stories such as Jemima Puddleduck and Benjamin Bunny.

 

Hawkshead itself is a picturesque, charming village with cobbled streets, courtyards and a car-free centre. It has plenty of interesting local shops, restaurants and tearooms, and is a good base from which to explore surrounding areas of natural beauty such as Grizedale Forest and Esthwaite.

 

Beatrix Potter spent many holidays in Brockhole, near Windermere, where her cousin Edith lived. Visitors can follow the Beatrix Potter Trail around Brockhole’s lakeshore and grounds.

 

Like these writers, you too can experience the inspiring landscape and scenery of the Lakes, and discover the vivid, literary legacy they left behind.