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Wordworth Dove Cottage Born on Christmas Day in the Western Cumberland town of Cockermouth in 1771. Dorothy was an avid writer, of diaries and poems. Her journals, full of descriptive entries went unpublished until after her death.


Did Dororthy inspire Wordsworth's poetry about Daffodils?

dorothy wordsworth When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow park we saw a few daffodils close to the water side, we fancied that the lake had floated the seeds ashore & that the little colony had so sprung up -- But as we went along there were more & yet more & at last under the boughs of the trees, we saw that there was a long belt of them along the shore, about the breadth of a country turnpike road. I never saw daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about & about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness & the rest tossed & reeled & danced & seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the Lake, they looked so gay ever glancing ever changing. This wind blew directly over the lake to them. There was here & there a little knot & a few stragglers a few yards higher up but they were so few as not to disturb the simplicity & unity & life of that one busy highway... -- Rain came on, we were wet.

Text reproduced with thanks wrote his only sister, Dorothy, in her journal two years earlier, describing their walk together at Gowbarrow Park on the shores of Ullswater on April 15th 1802.


Walk Dorothy and William's Daffodil Walk

On either side of the magnificent Aira Force waterfall, (which itself inspired several of William Wordsowrth's Poems) is Gowbarrow Park and Fell in one direction and Glencoyne Park in the other. The woods beyond Gowbarrow Park Dorothy mentioned in her diary as the location of the now famous 'Daffodil Walk' with her brother William. I wonder if she had any idea then just how famous those daffodils would become and how many would seek to retrace their exact footsteps?

Aira Force is a fantastic short walk, well marked and with a National Trust Pay and Display Car Park, with seasonal Tea-Room. Get directions for the combined Aira Force and Gowbarrow Park National Trust walk.

Glencoyne Bay is frequently referred to as the exact location of their daffodil sightings. Although there is no Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater, Glencoyne Wood and Glencoyne Bridge do exist read about them here.







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