The poet bought this land when his landlady, the owner of Rydal Mount, wanted to evict him and put a relative in that house. Mr W threatened to build his own house on this slope behind Rydal Mount if he had to leave. She backed down, he stayed put and the slope was named after the poet's daughter. In spring it's famous for daffodils but for the rest of the year it's a kind of wild garden with narrow paths, an overgrown pond and a bench from which the view is blocked by trees. I've seen deer in here and, if you approach quietly, you may see them too. In Wordsworth's time it was a boggy hillside called Rushy Field, then it was laid out as a small park and now it's a bit spoiled by traffic noise from the main road below. You can look over the wall at the gardens of Rydal Mount and look into Rydal church too - sit in the Wordsworth pew if you want.
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