• Wordsworth's connections to Grasmere

    Known for its beautfiul walks and breath – taking landscapes the Lake District is also famous for its connections with lake poet William Wordsworth. His connections to the lakes can be found in the bustling village of Grasmere. Below are some attractions and points of interest located in or near Grasmere which were part of Wordsworth’s life.

    Wordsworth House and Gardens

    William Wordsworth was born on 7th April 1770 in a fine Georgian house known today as Wordsworth House. William lived in the house with his father, three brothers and younger sister Dorothy. The house today has been turned into a National Trust tourist attraction where visitors can step back in time to William’s childhood home.

    To find out more about Wordsworth House and plan your visit click the link provided:

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house

    Wordsworth House - Cockermouth

    Dove Cottage

    The first home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy between 1799 - 1808. Dorothy become William’s secretary to enable the poet to pursue and dedicate his life to poetry. In 1802 William married his childhood sweetheart Mary Hutchinson and the first of their five children were born.

    To find out more about Dove Cottage and plan your visit click the link provided:

    https://wordsworth.org.uk/

    Dove Cottage - Grasmere

    Allan Bank

    As the family grew Wordsworth moved to Allan Bank in 1808. Here they lived for two years, a large house that William had condemned as ugly when it was being built.

    To find out more about Allan Bank and plan your visit click the link provided:

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

    Allan Bank - Grasmere

    The Old Rectory

    While living in Allan Bank Wordsworth and his family also lived with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mary’s sister Sarah. Things soon became crowded and soot from the chimneys kept getting on the furniture. In 1811 the family moved to The Old Rectory in Grasmere.

    Rydal Mount

    Wordsworth moved to Rydal Mount in 1813 after his two youngest children died while living in The Old Rectory. William and Mary stayed at the house until their deaths in 1850 and 1859. Whilst living at Rydal Mount William became Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland with an office in Church Street in Ambleside. In 1820 he published his ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’ and became the Poet Laureate.

    To find out more about Rydal Mount click the link provided:

    https://www.visitcumbria.com/amb/rydal-mount/

    Rydal Mount - Rydal

    St Oswald’s Church

    St Oswald’s Church is where William and his wife are buried.

    To find out more about St Oswald’s Church and plan your visit click the link provided:

    https://www.visitcumbria.com/amb/grasmere-st-oswalds-church/

    William and Mary's tombstones at St Oswald's Church

    St Oswald's Church

    Wordsworth wrote over 70,000 lines of verse which is 40,000 lines more than any other poet. One of his most famous poems is ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. The poem is commonly known as “Daffodils” and explores the poet’s relationship with nature, and how the memory of the daffodils dancing comforts him whenever he recalls them.

    To see more of Wordsworth’s poems visit

    https://interestingliterature.com/2017/03/06/10-of-the-best-william-wordsworth-poems-everyone-should-read/

  • Who was William Wordsworth

    Known for its beautiful walks and breath – taking landscapes the Lake District is also famous for its connections with lake poet William Wordsworth. His connections to the lakes can be found in the bustling village of Grasmere.

    William Wordsworth was born on 7th April 1770 in a fine Georgian house in Cockermouth, which is now known as Wordsworth House. William was one of four children with two brothers and sister Dorothy.

    Wordsworth House - Home of William Wordsworth - Cockermouth

    Much of William’s childhood was spent in Cockermouth and Penrith where he attended infant school. Attending infant school with William was his soon to be wife Mary Hutchinson. William attended the Grammar School in Hawkshead, where he received encouragement from his headmaster to read and write poetry. During this time, he made regular visits to the countryside to gather inspiration from nature. Pursing his career in poetry he attended St. Johns College in Cambridge, where he received a bequest of £900. This gave him the means to pursue his chosen career.

    In 1797 the Wordsworths stayed in Alfoxden House, where they met Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. In the years to follow a relationship between William and Coleridge grew. Soon after William and Coleridge undertook a tour of the lakes, starting at Temple Sowerby and finishing at Wasdale Head, via Grasmere. While in Grasmere they noticed Dove Cottage and an empty Inn called the Dove and Olive Branch.

    Dove Cottage - Grasmere

    Shortly after William and Dorothy moved into Dove Cottage, where they lived for the next nine years. Dorothy became William’s secretary as William dedicated his career and life to poetry. In 1802 William married Mary Hutchinson, and the first of their five children were born shortly after. The family outgrew Dove Cottage, so they moved to Allan Bank for two years, and then on to Rydal Mount.

    Allan Bank - Grasmere

    Rydal Mount - Rydal

    William died in 1850 and Marty in 1859. Both William and Mary’s tombstones can be found in the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church in the centre of Grasmere.

    Tombstones of William and Mary Wordsworth

    Wordsworth wrote over 70,000 lines of verse which is more than 40,000 lines more than any other poet. One of his most famous poems is ‘I wondered lonely as a cloud’. The poem is commongly known as daffodils and explores the poet’s friendship with nature, and how the memory of daffodils dancing cheers him up whenever he recalls them. Other poems include ‘Composed under Westminster Bridge’, ‘London 1802’, and ‘Tintern Abbey’.

    To see more of Wordsworth’s visit https://interestingliterature.com/2017/03/06/10-of-the-best-william-wordsworth-poems-everyone-should-read/

    Most of Wandsworth’s connections to Grasmere such as Dove cottage, Allan Bank, and Wordsworth House have been turned into museums or a National Trust attraction. Feel free to explore them on your next visit to the lakes, where you will find links for them below.

    Dove Cottage: https://wordsworth.org.uk/

    Allan Bank: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

    Wordsworth House and Garden: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house

  • Loughrigg Tarn

    Take in the stunning views of the Langdale Pikes with a walk to Loughrigg Tarn.

    On route to Loughrigg Tarn you will come across the other side of Loughrigg Fell. The walk has some stunning views of The Langdale Pikes, Helm Crag, Windermere and Rydal Caves.

    The Langdale Pikes can be seen within the surrounding hills of Langdale. Loved by walkers and Alfred Wainwright the Pikes include Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knot, Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle. Helm Crag is situated to the north of Grasmere and is perfect for those who enjoy a shorter walk. The rocks on the summit have various names “The Lion and Lamb”, “The Howitzer” or “The Old Lady Playing the Organ”.

    Rydal Caves are situated on Loughrigg Fell and are a man-made cavern which was known as Loughrigg Quarry. Over a hundred years ago the caves were a busy working quarry supplying high quality roofing slates to the people in the village.

    As well as being loved by those visiting or living in the lakes Loughrigg Tarn was a favoured place of the poet William Wordsworth.

    For a further insight into this walk, including directions please visit:

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_140.html

  • Loughrigg Fell

    Located in the beautiful Lake District we are lucky to be surrounded by a number of breath-taking walks such as Loughrigg Fell.

     Loughrigg Fell is on the outskirts of Ambleside and is a perfect walk for superb views over Grasmere and Rydal water. The fell is surrounded by open water and the River Rothay can be seen to the north.

    Starting in the popular town of Ambleside the walk takes you over the top of Loughrigg Fell, along the airy Loughrigg Terrace and the permissive path to Rydal Cave.

    Rydal Cave is a man made quarry which is known for its’s high quality roofing slates in the 19thcentury. The cave today is visited frequently by walkers who are advised to take care as in recent years rocks have started to fall from the ceiling. Over two hundred years ago the cave was a busy quarry known as Loughrigg Quarry.

    For a further insight into this walk, including directions please visit:

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_141.html

  • An insight in to Unsworths Yard Brewery

    Unsworths Yard Brewery first opened in 2012 by brothers Peter and David Unsworth which is located in the beautiful village of Cartmel. The yard that gives the brewery its name was developed by the brothers from their family’s haulage and garage business which had previously operated on site, opposite Cartmel Priory since 1922.

    Unsworths Yard Brewery

    The brewery operates an all – stainless steel plant which produces enough beer to supply casks for house beers, to a number of Cartmel Peninsula pubs. A high proportion of the beer produced is bottled for distribution to a very small and select group of local retailers and restaurants including Green’s.  If you would like to sample one of the beers the brewery operates an ‘open – door’ policy which welcomes visitors every day to its small tap room bar where beer can be bought or sampled in full view of the brewery vessels and process.

    Our social media guru, Holly Goddard contacted Peter from Unsworth’s Yard Brewery to find out more.

    Peter Unsworth

    What made you want to run and start the brewery?

    “In 2010 my brother, David, and I opened Unsworth’s Yard, a small development in Cartmel. The yard had been our family garage and haulage business. After seeing the yard buildings filled, very successfully, by Cartmel Cheeses, a bakery, David’s wine shop and JCA Architects, we decided to add a small brewery in to the last vacant unit. We bought some kit and I started making beer.”

    How long have you been running the brewery?

    “We brewed our first beer in January 2012 and have now produced well over half a million pints of great beer from what is a pretty tiny space.”

    What is involved in making the perfect beer?

    “Quality kit; the best ingredients, including good water; a brewing process that doesn’t compromise for the sake of speed or cost; and, like anything creative, plenty of love.”

    The brewhouse - Unsworths Yard Brewery

    What do you enjoy making the beers and running the brewery?

    “I’ve always worked in manufacturing and I’ve always wanted to run my own business. Here, we are right in front of our customers. Our beer is being served in our bar as we are working in the brewery so we have no hiding place, our beer always has to be top-class and we love consistently achieving that.”

    Out of all Unsworth's Yard Brewery beers, which one is your favourite?

    “Ha ha, can’t have a favourite I love them all. However, Last Wolf is a bit special – a beer with proper character.”

    What do you enjoy most about living in Cartmel?

    “I’ve lived in Cartmel all my life and doubt I’ll live anywhere else. It’s thriving as a result of hard work and investment, by lots of business owners, but the things that make it really special are still the Priory, Cartmel Races, the village schools, the beautiful Cartmel Valley countryside and the feeling that this remains a unique place.”

    You can enjoy Unsworth’s Yard Brewery beers here at Greens which have been paired with some of our most popular dishes off our menu.  Choose from ‘Land of Cartmel’, ‘Cartmel Peninsula’, ‘The Last Wolf’, ‘Crusader Gold’ or ‘The Flookburgh Cockler’.  We look forward to seeing your pairing on your next visit.

    To find out more about Unsworths Yard Brewery and their beers visit https://www.unsworthsyard.co.uk/

  • Launchy Gill

    Take in the sounds of a cascading waterfall with a walk to Launchy Gill waterfall.

     This is short walk to the waterfalls of Launchy Gill on the west side of Thirlmere reservoir. Thirlmere reservoir is home to Thirlmere lake which was originally two small lakes after it was purchased in 1889. Since then the area has had a dam which has led Thirlmere to become one vast resovior. In the process the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn were submerged with only one building remaining.

    The best time to see Launchy Gill is after a heavy down pour of rain where the water cascades down the waterfall. Although do take care as the stones and path can become slippery in wet conditions.

    In more calm conditions the waterfall and the surrounding landscape would be a good place to explore. Just after the bridge higher on the hill side is an interesting looking boulder that is known as ‘The Tottling Stone’. The stone stands out from the tress and is well known to those who visit Thirlmere and its reservoir.

    For a further insight into this walk, including directions please visit:

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_95.html

     

     

  • Alcock Tarn

    Located in the beautiful Lake District we are lucky to be surrounded by a number of breath-taking walks such as Alcock Tarn.

    A short and steep walk the tarn is located high above the fells. The tarn lies behind a small crag called Grey Crag perched on the other side of Grasmere. While walking in the fells it isn’t unusual to come across crags.

    Alcock tarn is just 2m deep which is shallow compared to other tarns within the lakes. Originally known as Butter Crags Tarn it was enlarged in Victorian times by Mr Alcock of Hollins in Grasmere who stocked the tarn with brown trout.

    Getting to Alcock Tarn can be difficult in some places but worthwhile when reaching the summit. The walk passes some stunning views and landmarks such as The Wordsworth Trust Shop and Dove Cottage. Both the shop and the cottage are dedicated to the life and work of poet William Wordsworth.

    For a further insight into this walk, including directions please visit:

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_73.html

  • Why does our vegan ice cream taste so good?

    Love our vegan ice cream, ever wondered why it tastes so good?

    Our customers love our vegan ice cream which has become a popular dessert here at Greens. Our philosophy is that anyone can enjoy vegan food, so we take pride in ensuring our vegan offerings are delicious and tasty.

    Our vegan ice cream comes from Northern Bloc who only use natural ingredients and abstain from using any animal products. Choose from our four flavours chocolate and orange, strawberry and yuzu, Madagascan vanilla or hazelnut and rose.

    Enjoy your choice of flavours in an vegan ice cream cone or in a Greens vegan ice cream sundae.

    Greens Ice Cream Sundae

    Greens vegan ice cream sundae with vegan meringue

    About Northern Bloc 

    Northern Bloc only use natural ingredients in their ice cream. They believe that having a dietary requirement shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on taste or quality.

    Using traditional flavours while adding a modern twist, Northern Bloc are always staying true to the principal of using the best natural ingredients. They take great care in responsibly sourcing the best natural ingredients for their ice cream. Abstaining from using additives, colourings, emulsifiers or artificial flavourings their ice cream is suitable for those with a gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diet.

    This is seen in the ingredients used in the flavours listed above. For example Strawberry and Yuzu contains ingredients such as water, strawberry puree, sugar and rice syrup.

    To see the full list of ingredients used in Northern Bloc vegan ice cream visit:

    https://northern-bloc.com/flavours/

    Using a modern recipe developed by their chef for over ten years their ice creams and sorbets are super smooth and ready to scoop straight out of the freezer. Their vegan ice cream range is great tasting with indulgent textures and only uses responsibly - sourced and natural ingredients. Their new vegan range embodies everything their core range stands for; great tasting, indulgent textures and bold flavours using only responsibly - sourced, natural ingredients, never anything artificial.

    If you would like to find out more about Northern Bloc and their ice cream visit:

    https://northern-bloc.com/

    Don’t just take our word for it why not pop in and give it a try. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

  • An insight into the village of Grasmere

    Located in the beautiful village of Grasmere, Greens is surrounded by some beautiful views and landmarks for you to explore. Grasmere is located in the centre of the English Lake District and sits on the River Rothay that flows into the village.

    Known for its beautiful lakes and home to lake poets the village is known as the home to William Wordsworth.  Living in Grasmere for 14 years Wordsworth described the village as the “loveliest spot that man hath found”.  Living in Dove Cottage for nine years Wordsworth wrote much of his poetry in the cottage which is known today. The cottage today has been turned into a museum which is open to visitors who can get an vivid impression of what day to day life was like for Wordsworth.

    Dove Cottage

    Keeping with tradition Grasmere celebrates a number of events throughout the year such as the Rushbearing Festival and Grasmere Sports. Both take place  every year and are celebrated by people in the village who are keen to keep the traditions alive.

    Rush maidens taking part in the Rushbearing Festival

    The Rushbearing Festival originated when rushes were laid on the church floors during the day and evening as the church floor was too earthy in the winter. We recently did a blog on the Rushbearing festival which you can look at here http://greensgrasmere.com/2018/07/12/rushbearing-festival-with-mary-bower/

    Participants taking part in Grasmere Sports

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Grasmere sports takes place in August and was first held in 1952. It is one of the most popular events in the lakes and consists of Cumberland wrestling, fell running and hound trials.

    Grasmere Is also home to the famous ‘Grasmere gingerbread’ which is made using a “secret recipe” created by Sarah Nelson. By the early nineteenth century the gingerbread was being sold as ‘fairings’ which were very popular with those living in the village. Sarah Nelson’s famous Grasmere gingerbread can be found at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop in the village. The staff are all dressed in victorian clothes where you can buy Grasmere gingerbread and other ginger themed gifts.

    Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread

    In and surrounding the village are a number of walks and landmarks for you to explore. Grasmere Lake is one of the smaller lakes in the Lake District and gives its name to the village of Grasmere.

    Grasmere Lake

    Within walking distance from the café is a walk to Easedale Tarn. A 5.5 mile walk which is situated high in the upper valley of Easedale. To the south of the tarn is the long ridge of Blea Rigg. During Victorian times it was even more popular than it was today. A refreshment hut used to ply a good old trade but little remains now just a few scattered stones. The tarn is about 21m deep, with it's outfall tumbling down some lovely waterfalls which are situated right beside the path.

    Easedale Tarn

    Map of Easedale Tarn

    If you would like to find out more about Grasmere visit: https://www.visitcumbria.com/amb/grasmere/. We hope you enjoy your visit to Grasmere just as we do.

    Here at Greens we are open every day from 9:30am – 5pm except Thursdays. Why not pop in and see us on your next visit to the village, we’ll be waiting to serve you some refreshing beverages and homemade treats off our menu. To keep up to date with our opening hours visit  http://greensgrasmere.com/find-us-vegan-cafe/

  • More of us our choosing Vegan

    More and more of us are choosing to go vegan which we have noticed here at Greens. Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.

    Over the years there has been a rise in people choosing to go Vegan. The most recent survey conducted in the UK found that over 542,000 people are following a vegan diet, an increase of more than 3.5 times the number of vegans over the past decade, making Veganism one of Britain's fastest growing lifestyle movements. The rise in Veganism is due to more young people making more compassionate and ethical life choices. More and more big eating chains are offering more vegan options as well as abstaining from using animal products in their foods.

    Studies have shown that choosing a vegan diet can also benefit your health. Whole vegan diets are generally higher in certain nutrients providing more fibre, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. They have a tendency to reduce your calorie intake, making them effective in promoting weight loss. The diet reduces the risks of developing certain health problems such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease. If you suffer from arthritis studies have shown that vegan diets based on probiotic-rich whole foods can significantly decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As well as reducing the risks of certain diseases a vegan diet can reduce the onset of a migraine.

    Here at Greens, we have seen a rise in customers asking for vegan dishes. Our philosophy is that anyone can enjoy vegan food, so we take pride in ensuring our vegan offering is delicious and tasty. If its breakfast and scrambled tofu, or a full-on main meal of toad out of the hole complete with vegan yorkies, or just a snack or lovely vegan ice cream sundae you're after  Green's is the place to go in Grasmere. Aga makes delicious vegan meringues that mere mortals think are the real thing!

    Greens vegan ice cream sundae

    Greens three types of hummus

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Greens Vegan Toad out of the hole

    Greens vegan gluten free sticky toffee pudding

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Greens Vegan breakfast

    Our vegan ice cream comes from Swedish glacé, Northen Bloc and Food Heaven who all abstain from using animal products. Choose from strawberry and yuzu, chocolate and orange, or Madagascan vanilla. All available on a vegan ice cream cone or as part of a vegan ice cream sundae with homemade vegan meringues and chocolate brownie.

    Pop in and see what vegan treats take your fancy here at Greens, or take a look at our menu here: http://greensgrasmere.com/gluten-free-cafe-grasmere/. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.