6 Weeks in the English Lake District: Photos and Literary Quotes

Blue sky over Rydal Water, where poet William Wordsworth walked

Mac and I spent several weeks in the English Lakes - home of poet William Wordsworth and Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, among others - as an escape from the empty nest left when our youngest set off for college. We chose it for the simple reason that it was to be the setting for my next novel. We had no idea what a magical place it was until we got there, or how steeped it was in English literature and art. Over the next six weeks, I'm going to run a series of short posts - sometimes no more than a captioned photo or a snippet of literature - to share this world.

Wordsworth called the English Lake District "the loveliest spot that man hath found." He made his home there, first at Dove cottage in Grasmere, and later at a home overlooking neighboring Rydal Water called Rydal Mount. Later this week I'll share a map of the area, but for today I want to keep the focus on Worldsworth and this photo of Rydal Water, where he often walked. As you can see even through my bumbling camera hands and this unenhanced photograph, it's a gorgeous place. If you'd like a peek at a little bit more of England's Lake District, there is more on this book club page for my upcoming novel, The Wednesday Daughters, which is set there. - Meg

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, including the The Wednesday Sisters and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters, all from Random House.


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