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Lakeland Visionaries


William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, Canon Rawnsley, Harriet Martineau - just some of the characters who are introduced on this tour to discover great minds with great visions.

250 years ago the Lake District was virtually unknown to those who lived outside its borders - an untamed wilderness to be treated with caution by unwary travellers.  The presence of native poet, William Wordsworth, did much to change this perception and, during the 18th and 19th centuries, tourism gradually expanded to the booming industry that it is today.

However, that does not come without a price.  Fortunately, those early pioneers who revealed the beauty of the area to the wider world, were also aware that we have a responsibility to protect such environments and inspired and instigated what came to be national and local institutions.

Discover more about the thinking and personalities of these great men and women who have had such an impact on the Lake District and beyond.

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And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils

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