Grasmere Village and Jerwood Centre

Dorothy Wordsworth is best known for the journal that she wrote in Grasmere, but many are unaware of the details of her life beyond it: her life as a remarkable walker, her struggles with chronic illness, her commitment to her family and friends, and her devotion to her brother.

Two women take us into Dorothy’s world for a spring afternoon. Walking in Dorothy’s footsteps around Grasmere with Senior Hospice Nurse Lilian Simmonds, we will experience the routes that brought Dorothy so much joy, strength and inspiration. Lilian will also share how getting to know Dorothy has changed her own life for the better. This gentle walk will take around two hours, with several short breaks, and includes a stop at the Wishing Gate and a gentle stroll around the lake – and will finish with some well-deserved tea and cake.

Following the walk, Kathleen Winter (novelist and short-story writer) will read from Dorothy’s 1834 journal in the Jerwood Centre reading room. Dorothy’s unpublished late journal covers 10 years of her life at Rydal Mount, during which time she struggled with ill-health, often unable to leave her bed. Nevertheless, her journal gives a fascinating insight into the later life of the Wordsworth family, as well as her own inner strength.

Tickets for the walk/full afternoon are now sold out, but tickets are still available for the talk, ‘Why Should We Read…Dorothy Wordsworth?

Tickets for this event are available online through Quay Tickets. Online booking closes at midnight the day before the event. If you would like to book a ticket on the day of the event, please contact the Wordsworth Trust directly.

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