Excursion - Summer School
The destination for the MH2014 summer school excursion will be Grasmere, a village in the Lake District National Park.
Grasmere is a popular tourist destination and was home, for a number of years, to the famous English poet William Wordsworth.
Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived from 1799-1808, is open to the public:
More about Dove Cottage in Grasmere
And The Wordsworth Museum is next door. This houses the largest collection of the Wordsworths' letters, journals and poems in the world (the second being held at Cornell University in the US).
On the way up to Grasmere we will pass Windermere, both the lake and the town, and drive through Ambleside.
As well as the Wordsworth connections, Grasmere is a rather picturesque village with a good selection of tea rooms, pubs and shops. If you do not fancy visiting Dove Cottage, you can while away the time and enjoy lunch in one of Grasmere's many eateries.
Or, weather permitting, you can go for a walk. A relatively easy option is to walk around Grasmere Lake. Here is a pdf from the Lonely Planet guide describing the route.
The more adventurous have a number of other options, with the ascent to Helm Crag being one of them.
Boats are also available to hire on Grasmere lake and you will hopefully also have the opportunity to pick up some Grasmere Gingerbread!
We will then return later in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time for a free evening back in Manchester.