In the very heart of the Lake District is a village with a unique atmosphere which attracts visitors from far and wide, not just once, but again and again. The location is gift to photographers, both amateur and professional.
The drive to and from Kirkby Lonsdale offers you an opportunity to see the best of the Lake District in just one day.
Grasmere lies at the foot of spectacular fells and has its own lake. Here you can visit the grave of poet William Wordsworth, and take home the world-famous Grasmere gingerbread.
For visitors, one challenge is to look up at Helm Crag which overlooks the village. What do you see? A lion and a lamb? An old lady at a piano? You can see either, depending on where you are when you look.
Alternatively, head for nearby Rydal Water and enjoy a short circular walk round this photogenic gem.
Grasmere has a good selection of shops with quality souvenirs on offer – works by local artist Heaton Cooper, the Rock Shop with its localised treasure hunt, chocolate, cowhides, sheepskins, books, crafts and antiques.