Wordsworth House and Cockermouth

Earlier this month hubby and I went to have another look at the exhibition at Wordsworth House in Cockermouth. We also had a good look round the garden, which has recovered well from the floods of December 2015, due mostly to the hard work of the head gardener and her team. On a short tour of the house we learned some things which we hadn’t heard on a previous tour.

Afterwards we had a walk along the river, more or less retracing the route we had taken on a visit last year. The river was flowing quite quickly.

A day out in the Lake District (Part 3 Ash Landing)

On our way to Hill Top we had noticed a sign saying Ash Landing Nature Reserve. We decided to explore it on our way back. It is a National Trust property with a number of different habitats. There are signs with pictures of various species to look out for and additional information.

I noticed some flowers on an oak tree and stopped to take a photo. There was a rustling noise in the undergrowth. I waited quietly and was delighted to see a red squirrel. It ran across the path and disappeared. I continued along the path, heard another noise and spotted (presumably) the same red squirrel as it bounded under a fence and up the side of a field.

There was plenty of bird song, but the birds were hard to spot. I saw a robin!

A day out in the Lake District (Part 2 To Sawrey)

From Claife viewing tower we followed the footpath signs to Hill Top, the house, which Beatrix Potter left to the National Trust. On the way I stopped to take a few photos. The countryside was beautiful in the spring sunshine.

The path seemed to take us a long way round and the distances on the signposts did not seem to be consistent. However, we arrived! It was just the right time to see the white wisteria at its best. The National Trust staff and volunteers were all helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We didn’t follow the trail on the map to see the local places, which Beatrix Potter had incorporated into her illustrated children’s books.

Hill Top
Hill Top

After looking round the house we visited the parish church – St Peter’s. A couple we had met on the footpath had told us it was a peaceful place.

One of another group of people we passed on the path remarked that it was ‘a pleasant sort of day’. Typical British understatement: it was the best day of the year so far.