Explore Grasmere Things to do near The Forest Side
Synonymous with rugged fells, gingerbread and the enchanting poetry of William Wordsworth, Grasmere is a beautiful part of the Lake District that is always worth a visit. The Forest Side is perfectly located for exploring Grasmere and taking in everything the area has to offer, not least the stunning lake for you to gaze out upon and be inspired.
For Wordsworth enthusiasts, there are numerous attractions dotted throughout Grasmere, where you can learn about his incredible life story, including Dove Cottage, Allan Bank, St Oswald’s Church and the adjacent Wordsworth daffodil garden, inspired by the one of the most famous and widely read poems in the English language ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’.
Nestled in the centre of the Lake District you’ll feel refreshed, providing tranquillity from the outside world with endlessly impressive scenery as far as the eye can see. If you’re a lover of scenic lakes visit Rydal Water, one of the smaller of the Great Lakes but one that boasts fantastic views all the same. The best spot is undoubtedly ‘Wordsworth’s Seat’, giving you an unobscured view out over the lake. Just north of Grasmere, you will also find Thirlmere, situated west of the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and a short distance from Derwentwater to the north. To the south of Grasmere is the popular town of Ambleside with its picturesque setting, array of boutique shops, pubs and cafes and easy access to Windermere and all that the lake offers.