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“That cunning fellow Wordsworth...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dora's Field

Dora's Field
A591 Rydal Church | near Rydal Mount, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX , England
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Ranked #3 of 3 Attractions in Rydal
Type: Outdoors
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“That cunning fellow Wordsworth...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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North Wales
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“A place for remembrance and reflection away from the hurly-burly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My photographs were taken during the middle of May after the daffodils had finished. I have visited Dora's Field every time I have been in the Lake District and I have seen the display of daffodils four times here (well before the days of TripAdvisor).

William Wordsworth purchased the land as a building plot in the first place and thankfully it was not developed as such, the land was later retained as a memorial to his daughter, Dora.

William was responsible (with some help) for planting the first daffodil bulbs in this area. Dora's Field was not the inspiration for his famous poem "The Daffodils" and history records that this was another location in the Lake District.

Visited May 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Sad but beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Dora, Wordsworth's daughter died tragically before she was able to
make use of the field her parents bought her. I found it moving to see the pastureland as her parents left it, as her memorial.

Visited August 2013
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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“One of the quietest spots in the Lake District”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Filed is a steep slope alongside the Church in Rydal leading to Rydal Mount. Very restful; managed to climb to the gate at the top of the field, but no entry into the Mount there, alas and so had to go back to the bottom!

Visited July 2013
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“Just go and walk amongst the dads”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

A well hidden secret the views are great when all the daffy are out, look at the church where Wordsworth utilised.

Visited April 2013
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