Grasmere, quieter than the bustling lakes of Windermere and Derwent Water, is a charming destination for tourists and is near the town of Ambleside.

Admired by William Wordsworth, this small lake is situated near the village that bears its name and is famous for Grasmere Gingerbread.

The A591 that connects Keswick and Ambleside can easily reach the lake.

With its serene waters, rolling hills, and picturesque views, it’s the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the great outdoors.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you make the most of your visit to Grasmere.

In Grasmere village, you’ll find public toilets, bars and cafes.

Lakeshore boat rentals are available just outside the village.

William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage, is situated on the A591 with a view of the lake and is open to the public with a museum, store and tearoom.

Things to do at Grasmere:

  1. Go for a walk: A three-mile-long walk around Grasmere is a popular tourist activity.

    Unfortunately, most of the walk is along the busy A591 road.

    To start the hike, head from the centre of Grasmere village to the B5287, then turn right onto the A591 and follow it for about a kilometre until reaching the footpath starting at Grid Ref NY 343 062.

    This path will take you to a bridge that crosses the stream connecting Grasmere to Rydal Water.

    After crossing the bridge, turn right to walk along the lakeshore until you reach a single-track road at NY 334 064.

    Turn right, and it will lead you back to Grasmere village.

    Alternatively, a hike to Easedale Tarn, located northwest of Grasmere, offers a quieter experience and stunning scenery without a demanding ascent.

    Start at Grasmere village and follow Easedale Road to the bridleway starting at NY 331 082.

    The 4-mile round trip hike takes you past several beautiful waterfalls before reaching the tarn at NY 310 087.

  2. Visit Dove Cottage: This charming cottage was once the home of the famous poet William Wordsworth and is now a museum, offering visitors the chance to learn more about his life and work.

  3. Visit the Wordsworth Museum: This museum, located in nearby Grasmere village, is dedicated to the life and works of William Wordsworth and is a must-visit for fans of his poetry.

  4. Take a scenic drive: Take a drive around Grasmere and take the stunning scenery from the comfort of your car.

  5. Go boating: Rent a rowboat or canoe and explore the serene waters of Grasmere, taking in the breathtaking scenery from the water.

Where to eat:

  1. Grasmere Gingerbread Shop: This charming shop is famous for its delicious gingerbread, made using an old family recipe.

  2. The Red Lion Inn: This cosy pub serves a range of classic pub grub, including hearty pies, sandwiches, and soups.

  3. Grasmere Tearooms: This charming tea room serves a range of light bites, including sandwiches, soups, and cakes.

Where to stay:

  1. Holiday Cottages in Grasmere

    Fantastic selection of holiday cottages across Grasmere in the Lake District.Available to book now.

  2. The Grasmere Youth Hostel: This comfortable hostel offers a range of affordable accommodation options, including dormitory rooms and private rooms.

  3. The Grasmere Campsite: This budget-friendly option offers comfortable camping facilities and is just a short walk from the lake.

  4. The Wordsworth Hotel: This charming hotel is located near Grasmere village and offers comfortable and stylish guest rooms with views of the lake.


To ensure a spot, arriving early at one of the two car parks in Grasmere village, which are just a short walk away from the lake, is recommended.

These car parks have limited spaces and can fill up quickly during busy times.

In conclusion, Grasmere is a truly stunning destination, offering visitors the chance to escape city life and immerse themselves in nature.

Its range of activities, delicious dining options, and comfortable accommodation makes it the perfect place to spend a few days exploring the Lake District.

So why not plan your trip today and discover all this beautiful lake has to offer?