Make The Journey

Working with The National Trust,  Eden Poets and Rydal Mount, Kirkgate challenges everyone to ‘Make The Journey’.

You can journey from the place of Dorothy’s birth in Cockermouth to the place where she lived at the end of her life in Rydal Mount, Rydal (still owned by the Wordsworth family) in any way you choose.

You can cycle, walk, get the bus or car share.

Following in Dorothy’s footsteps we challenge you to be collaborative, explore the landscape and nature, and be creative along the way.

We hope that this film and these images will inspire you.

You can create your own route but you might also want to follow this route along the valleys through the Lake District so that you can use the frequent bus service to join up the sections of the walk.

The walking route stays close to the main bus routes between Rydal and Cockermouth so that you can break the walk into sections and catch the bus home. The National Trust suggests splitting the walk at Keswick, doing steps 1-8 as day 1, and steps 9-14 as day 2, but you can also split it into shorter sections and make the journey over more days.

This Map is available courtesy of the National Trust – View it below or access it here.

Alternatively, you might want use your bicycle.  The route uses quiet roads, off-road cycle tracks and bridleways – with some stretches on main A roads where that is unavoidable – so it’s suitable for mountain bikes or hybrid bikes. The route is designed for adults who are already confident cyclists, not beginners. The majority of the route is not technically challenging.

The Cycle Map is available courtesy of the National Trust – View it below or access it here.

Everyone arriving at Rydal Mount having Made The Journey will be eligible for a free drink in the café with a special password. Contact us here for more information