English Lakeland


23. Grasmere Church

Grasmere Church, a quaint old edifice and the scene of an annual " Rush-bearing." Outside, it is somewhat modernised, but the interior of the church

"With pillars crowded and the roof upheld
By naked rafters intricately crossed."

is quite unspoilt and is practically as it was when Wordsworth worshipped here.

Grasmere from Red Bank. - The lake, island, and village look their best from the top of this steep hill. The gap in the distance is the famous Dunmail Raise over which the main road passes northward to Thirlmere and Keswick. At the top of the pass is a huge cairn of stones which marks the grave of Dunmail, the last of the Cumbrian kings. It also marks the boundary line between Cumberland and Westmorland.