Endless writers have taken inspiration from the Lake District. The vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty continue to capture the creative minds of so many people today and we love it!
Below is our favourite collection of fantastic literary works, inspired by the Lake District. Whether you are planning a visit to the area or are simply an admirer like so many others, they all make fantastic reads…
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers by Beatrix Potter
Now we couldn’t leave such a prominent writer out! Living at the famous Hill Top, (very close to us here at Lake House!), so much of Potter’s work took inspiration from The Lake District. In particular, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, depicts the scenery so beautifully around Hill top making it a wonderful read, no matter your age!
Wordsworth wrote thousands of lines of poetry inspired and devoted to sharing his and others experiences of The Lake District. (We couldn’t pick just one!) Although having left the area on several occasions, he grew up in Cumbria, was schooled here and raised a family here and it’s hard to believe the place ever left him in mind when he did visit elsewhere!
Like so many writers Ruskin took great inspiration from The Lake District. His childhood experiences influenced much of his poetry and other works. Later in life he bought Brentwood near Coniston and retired there. ‘The first thing which I remember as an event in my life was being taken by my nurse to the brow of Friar's Crag on Derwentwater’ - Ruskin.
John Cunliffe the creator of ‘Postman Pat’
Cunliffe lived in Kendal for six years and much of his inspiration towards creating the timeless character ‘Postman Pat’, came from the beautiful countryside in The Lake District. Having created the literary character in the 80’s the timeless figure went on to feature in the popular TV show across more than 50 countries!
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Ransome lived in the Winster valley and Haverthwaite with his wife where he wrote much of the Swallows and Amazons series. The majority of the tales are set within The Lake District and capture the fantastic adventurous nature of the area!
Probably one of the most well known writers related to The Lake District, surprisingly, Wainwright didn't visit the area until he was 23. It was then that he fell in love and was inspired to create his pictorial guides to the Lake District fells which include a unique mixture of sketches, maps and musings.