‘This Girl Did’: Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers

Exhibition: 01.09.2018 - 23.12.2018

On 7 October 1818, Dorothy Wordsworth climbed England’s tallest peak: Scafell Pike. Her description of the climb is among the earliest surviving accounts of this feat, although by the end of the 19th century the mountain would be recognised as a favourite among British climbers and mountaineers.

Dorothy’s account is remarkable, too, in that it is part of a rich tradition of early mountaineering about which we often forget: that is, women’s pioneering roles in advancing mountaineering and upland walking as a recreational activity. This exhibition explores Dorothy’s place in the history of women’s mountaineering, and reveals how the Lake District became an important site for women’s upland adventures.