The Lake District is known for inspiring some of the most influential novelists and poets of our time. The rolling hills, picture perfect cottages, dramatic landscapes, historical monuments and wildlife are a recipe creative writing success.
Not only that, the Lake District is home to England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh. This picturesque little town borders the Yorkshire Dales and is famed for its eclectic mix of specialist book sellers!
To give you a feel for the Lake District inspirational qualities here are some well known writers who credit the Lake District for their creativity.
Famous for the much loved tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter spend much of her life here in the stunning Lake District, the area and her fascination with nature inspired her books. Her home Hill Top, a beautiful 17th Century cottage is only a 18 minute drive from Ambleside Lake House. Now owned by the National Trust the dwelling is a time capsule of Beatrix’s life and an ever popular tourist attraction boasting exhibits of her original illustrations and possessions.
Another iconic children’s tale, Swallows and Amazons was first published in 1930, the story is set in the Lake District the year before in 1929. Arthur had spend much of his childhood in the Lake District and it was his passion for the area and the children of a close friend that inspired this classic adventure novel. Every place in the book is symbolic of somewhere in the Lake District. The “great lake in the north” described in the book is based on Lake Windermere, and as popularity in the book grew, so did interest in Lake Windermere itself.
Wordsworth spent the majority of his life in the Lake District, his love for the natural surroundings inspired much of his poetry, the famous ‘Daffodils’ is iconically Lake District. The poet went to school in Hawkshead, and his first family home was Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Today the cottage is open to the public and hosts many literary events and exhibits. Wordsworth’s second home was Rydal Mount in Ambleside a brief 7 minute drive from Ambleside Lake House. The house is still owned by the Wordsworth family but like Dove Cottage, is open to visitors. Visit to enjoy dinner, cream tea and tours of the beautifully landscaped gardens.