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A Local’s Guide To Exploring Grasmere

“The loveliest spot that man hath found, William Wordsworth”


If you are looking for a handy guide to Grasmere then look no further -  below are our top tips on the places to visit and shop, the local walks we would recommend and even the best places to grab a coffee!


Nestled within the Lakeland valley, Grasmere is the ideal base for walkers. With a wide variety of hills on your doorstep, there is something suitable for everyone, from a short stroll to an all-day adventure. Enchanting woodlands and open fells fringe the beautiful lakes of Grasmere and Rydal Water. The elevated walk along Loughrigg Terrace provides unrivalled views over both lakes, whilst Wordsworth's Seat, to the north, enjoys fine views over Rydal Water.

Some classic fell walks can be enjoyed from Grasmere and Rydal, including Helm Crag and Fairfield Horseshoe. Other popular walks such as Easedale Tarn and Silver Howe and Alcock Tarn are highly recommended.

We've compiled some of the best day trips and things to do near Grasmere.


Alcock Tarn

Grasmere Lakeshore Circular

Coffin Route to Rydal | Lakeshore Return to Grasmere

Easedale Tarn Via Sour Milk Ghyll

Loughrigg Terrace Via Lady Wood | White Moss & Red Bank Wood

Eat & Drink

In Grasmere Village, you will find an abundance of local restaurants and coffee shops. Sit back and relax with a delicious homemade cake and coffee, whilst taking in the idyllic Lakeland landscapes. Dine in one of many fantastic local restaurants or pubs and enjoy the very best of local, Cumbrian produce.
There's a wide range of options for all meals in the day, check out some of the best local dining options in Grasmere.


Explore the picturesque village at your leisure and stock up on the famous Grasmere Gingerbread and homemade chocolate from Grasmere Chocolate Cottage. Don’t forget to call in to the Herdy shop which is one of the most iconic brands in The Lake District and pick up some unique gifts to take home with you. 
Shopping in Grasmere is sure to impress even the most refined shopping lists!


Perhaps one of the most popular attractions in Grasmere – Dove Cottage should be on your ‘must-do’ list when visiting The Lake District. The former home of famous poet William Wordsworth, this house is rich in history, still containing personal belongings. If art is more your thing, then take the short stroll into the village to be inspired by the paintings on show at The Heaton Cooper Studio, showcasing artwork from this acclaimed family of Lake District painters. Perhaps story telling is right up your street? Well in Grasmere you will not be disappointed, as just down the road is Taffy Thomas’s Storytelling Garden with regular readings throughout the year.

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