Grasmere Revisited

by David Murray on 8 September 2009

in Galleries, Grasmere, Lakes, Northern England

It is difficult to believe that already more than a month has passed since I spent an afternoon in Grasmere.  The Lake District memory is very fresh.

A Glimpse of Grasmere by Alfred Heaton Cooper

It was a pleasant afternoon, dry but not too hot.  We had people with us who could not walk too far so we kept ourselves to the village itself and didn’t attempt to repeat last time’s walk around the lake, although before returning to Keswick I did drive out past Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage to show it to a friend visiting for the first time.

The highlight for most of our small party was the Heaton Cooper GalleryA Glimpse of Grasmere by Alfred Heaton Cooper is here on the left.  For myself a visit here is always enjoyable.  We have several Lake District scenes on our walls at home from both Alfred Heaton Cooper and son William, and it is always good to admire more – although on this occasion my credit card remained firmly in my pocket.  The 5-year-old with us thoroughly enjoyed herself at the place so thoughtfully provided by the Heaton Cooper family for small children to draw while the adults admire the paintings and prints.

We took a brief look from a distance at the Wordsworth graves in the churchyard, avoided the temptation of the special Grasmere gingerbread, but to considerable 5-year-old joy savoured the delights of cake and ice cream in one of the splendid local tea shops.

A brief visit this time, and not an energetic or weight-reducing one, but a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon out in one of the most beautiful areas of the most beautiful part of England.

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