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Still waters run deep in Wordsworth country

Born among the hills

Bred also there

William Wordsworth

Early autumn reflections in Buttermere in the Lake District in Cumbria, as another scorching September day greeted parts of England and Wales on Thursday before the last of the great summer heat turned to a cooler autumn. A visit to Buttermere is principally for its natural attractions – as the area offers some of the best walking country in Lakeland, with lovely walks to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike.

The lake, owned by the National Trust, is a very accessible lake and makes for a pleasant family stroll in a couple of hours and much of the going easy.

The Lake District is famous not only for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), but also for its associations with the early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth.

Born in the town of Cockermouth in 1770, Wordsworth's first home was in the Lake District, and it was one of many he would have there. Cumbria was where he spent most of his life, where he was schooled, raised his own family, wrote much of his poetry, and where he died in 1850, at his last home, Rydal Mount.

Though Wordsworth would spend time away from the area at various points throughout his life, he would never be away from the Lakes for long, and, in the light of the thousands of lines of poetry he devotes to his and others' experiences there, we may rightfully doubt whether the place ever left him in mind even when the author was parted from it in body.

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