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A Literary Walking Tour of Ambleside

Penny Bradshaw


A five mile walk in the footsteps of literary greats – by Dr Penny Bradshaw.

Ambleside’s literary associations date back to the rise of picturesque tourism in the 18th century.

In the years that followed William Wordsworth’s arrival in nearby Grasmere in 1799, a host of writers were drawn to the Lake District. Celebrated poets and novelists, from John Keats to Charlotte Bronte, visited Ambleside and other writers, such as Thomas De Quincey and Matthew Arnold, had homes here.

By the 1850s Ambleside was at the centre of a Victorian vogue for ‘literary tourism’, with visitors exploring the region through the writing it inspired.

This Literary Walking Tour allows today’s visitor to experience the town in a similar way. The half-day walk takes in locations that were special to many writers and provides dozens of extracts and quotations from their works.


Inspired by Lakeland



Publication Date:

2021 August


Paperback; 195 x 135mm

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