Lakes, Mountains and Waterfalls explores the ways in which Wordsworth's words began to draw people to the landscape that inspired them, and shows how the Lake District became so inextricably linked with its most famous figure.

Early tourists to The Lake District were drawn by dramatic and picturesque images of the landscape and the impossibility of making European tours due to Britain’s involvement in conflicts on the continent.

But by the end of the nineteenth century tens of thousands of people were visiting because they were drawn by the writings of William Wordsworth. Tourists wanted to stand where he had stood, and to experience the very scenery which inspired his poetry.

The Lake District became identified with its most famous son and was renamed in guidebooks and on maps as ‘Wordsworthshire’ or ‘Wordsworth Country’.

After it opened in the summer of 1891, people flocked to Dove Cottage to see how his family lived during his most inspired years and to linger where his most famous work was written. 

This exhibition allows you to follow in the footsteps of the early Wordsworthian pilgrims, using original guide books, maps, poems and paintings to aid your choice of route.

Open daily. Admission is included with your ticket to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum.

William Knight's guidebook, 'Through the Wordsworth Country'

William Knight's guidebook, 'Through the Wordsworth Country'