Even without its Romantic connections, Grasmere would still be one of the Lakes' biggest draws. It's one of the prettiest of the Lakeland hamlets, huddled at the base of a sweeping valley dotted with woods, pastures and slate-coloured hills, but most of the thousands of trippers come in search of its famous former residents: opium-eating Thomas de Quincey, unruly Coleridge and grand old man William Wordsworth. With such a rich literary heritage, Grasmere unsurprisingly gets crammed; avoid high summer if you can.
Grasmere destination guides
The Cyclist's Coast to Coast
Cycle across England through the Lake District and over the Pennines to the North Sea
Coast to Coast Guided Walk
A quintessential guided hike across the breadth of northern England