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A cold Grasmere morning

February 23, 2010

Got up early feeling optomistic about a nice sunrise after a spectacular sunset last night. Wrong! A grey and freezing cold morning. Decided just to have a wander round Grasmere before work instead. First stop was a rather frozen Grasmere Lake, the lake has been frozen more this year than any year I can remember.

A frozen Grasmere Lake

A little bit of snow on the top of the fells left but apparently more on the way.

View across frozen Grasmere Lake

Some scholars believe the name Grasmere comes from Old English and means “lake with grassy shores”, others that it derives from the Norse Grysmere meaning “lake of swine”. The first evidence of human occupation dates from the 12th Century.

Looking towards Grasmere Church

Grasmere Church is dedicated to St Oswald, a 7th Century king of Northumbria. From the outside it is actually quite unimpressive, however step inside and see the two tier arcades and the intricately carved rafters. The oldest part dates back to Medieval times.

All welcome in Grasmere Church

The first signs of spring are however appearing and I spotted a few snowdrops in the churchyard.

Snowdrops in Grasmere Churchyard

Apart from the churchyard being where the Wordsworths are buried, other notables buried there include the painter William Green and the Arctic explorer Sir John Richardson.

Riverside walk Grasmere

Walked back round by Broadgate meadow and the lovely riverside walk with only a few cold Herdwick sheep for company. Lovely views of snow topped Stone Arthur and Heron Pike.

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