Prince Charles was accompanied on his visit by Claire Hensman who is the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria.
After a very quiet village for several months it was wonderful to see such large crowds lining the streets as Prince Charles came to Grasmere to show his support for the Lake District after the December floods.
Meanwhile the crowds were being entertained by Andy Jester who was keeping everyone amazed by a bit of nifty fire balancing and eating.
Grasmere is served by the Stagecoach 555 bus service which connects it with other towns in and near the Lake District such as Keswick and Lancaster. In summer it is served by an open top double-decker 599 service, operated by Stagecoach, which runs between Grasmere and Bowness-on-Windermere.
While the race was on I had been keeping an eye on a special bunch of runners. I had met them earlier as they prepared to race for the Rosemere Cancer charity http://www.rosemere.org.uk
Scattered around the house were cushions with quotes. I particularly liked the ones in the play room.
On the western side of the lake is a footpath up to Loughrigg Terrace and its huge cave, formed by quarrying.
Nestling at the foot of some spectacular fells and with its own lake, this village has many shops, pubs and cafes. You can also visit Wordsworth's grave in the churchyard and buy the legendary Grasmere Gingerbread.
Of course the Lake District is always associated with daffodils because of William Wordsworth’s famous poem. Grasmere has it’s very own daffodil garden and you can find part of the poem reproduced there.
Grasmere Rushbearing 2016 was rather a wet one. It became obvious fairly early on in the day that the rain wasn’t going to ease up.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott all stayed in Grasmere whilst the writer Thomas de Quincey moved into Dove Cottage on Wordsworth's departure.
Other people use the lakes too! Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater are busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.
The property is a short walk from Grasmere (disabled parking on site) and has the most glorious views of Grasmere. The sun was shining and the daffodils were out. Lambs in the surrounding fields. Paradise!
I noticed more than one person dashing in to Lucia’s for a takeaway coffee to warm up with.
In the grounds there is a fabulous woodland walk with great views. It is steep in places but well marked and resting places to be found. I had a little seat to look at the mere.
and parents like to get involved too. Balancing a bean bag was very popular with parent and child teams.
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It was wonderful that the Daffodils were out at Wordsworth’s Grave and Prince Charles took a little time for reflection.
The Grasmere Hotel is a glorious Victorian Country House full of period features in the centre of Grasmere, one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District. It was built in 1871 as a private Country House. Breakfast and dinner are served in the conservatory restaurant overlooking the secluded garden and the river Rothay. Most bedrooms have stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Our private car park offers plenty of space for all guests to park their car.
Although the A591 north of Grasmere is currently closed for repairs, it is still easily accessible, with a shuttle-bus service now operating between Keswick and Grasmere. Alternative routes include the A66, M6, A6 and over the Kirkstone Pass (A592). Simply travel to the South Lakes and follow the road signs to Grasmere.
Take a look at the photos below. If you were steering a boat, which swimmer is easier to spot?
(OE is Old English, the language spoken until about AD 1100; ON is Old Norse.)
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I decided to head round the riverside walk through Broadgate, then to the Mere.
Even in shop windows. This was a lovely Spring window display in Sam Read Bookshop and further down the road Herdy was getting in on the act too.
Grasmere is also the home to one of the most celebrated of English artistic dynasties whose lives and work are celebrated at the village centre Heaton Cooper studio. Most famous are the landscape painters Alfred and William Heaton Cooper who have inspired so many visitors to the village.
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He spotted Grasmere Tea Gardens across the river and asking who owned it gave everyone sitting outside a cheery wave.
Today we had rain, sleet, snow and sunshine, and that was just the morning!
But he didn’t he came out through the back door and made his way across the graveyard to Wordsworth’s Grave. He was met here by Michael McGregor Director of the Wordsworth Trust and I got a great view.
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Grasmere school children were enjoying the grounds as part of their Forest Schools activities. It looked as though they were having an Easter egg hunt.
So as you can see we are all ready to celebrate, lets hope the weather holds out just a little longer.
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My previous Blogs with the history of Allan Bank.
I really don’t think there is a finer sight than all the runners streaming up the fell side.
Now here is where the local knowledge comes in. Up until now I’d been balancing on the church wall, but jumped backwards into St Oswald’s Church grounds. Meanwhile everyone was waiting for Prince Charles to re-appear out of the front door.
In the garden I would say the daffodils will be perfect just in time for Easter this year.
Stuart Cunninghams a local shop also got a chance to chat about business after the floods.
Icelandic wrestlers also took part. Their style is called Glima. Glima was the most widespread sport in the Viking age, and was practiced by both men and women. Glima was so important to Viking society that their god Thor was also the Viking god of wrestling.