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Dispatch #7: A GRASMERE CHRISTMAS - The Wordsworths and the coffin route

December 20, 2018

 ...in which we brave the drizzle to walk from Dove Cottage in Townend along the old corpse road round Grasmere to join the festivities at Allan Bank. En route we talk with Marian Veevers about how William and Dorothy Wordsworth celebrated Christmas, and hear from the National Trust's Elaine Taylor about seasonal Cumbrian traditions. We close with music from the Cumbrian Duo, who play us out with a traditional Westmorland & Cumberland wassailing tune.

 

 

Photos courtesy Pete Savin.

 

With thanks to The Cumbrian Duo for the original music from their album Hunsup through the Wood.

 Allan Bank.

 

 Our route for the day.

 

 Lovely Dove Cottage.

 

 Inside Dove Cottage, by the fire with Marian Veevers.

 

Grasmere rainbow.

 

In Allan Bank with Elaine Taylor. 

 

 Our ho-ho-host for the walk... Mark 'Santa' Richards (the paunch is fake).

 

A short video from Dove Cottage by Pete Savin.Pete Savin. 

 

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