Many of the earliest recreational Lake District ascents were made in the 1790s and 1800s. This autumn, Wordsworth Grasmere is leading the re-creation of three of these pioneering climbs: the soldier and ‘rambler’ Joseph Budworth’s first ascent ‘by a stranger’ of Helm Crag, Grasmere (1792); the Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe’s influential horseback ride up Skiddaw (1794); and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s moonlight traverse of Helvellyn and the Dodds (1800).
This session will present the original exploratory climbs and their re-walkings and show the three short films that were made to celebrate the pioneering adventurers.
Speakers: Professor Simon Bainbridge (Lancaster University); Dr Penny Bradshaw (Cumbria University); Jeff Cowton MBE (Wordsworth Grasmere); Dr Paul Davies (Wordsworth Grasmere).
In association with Wordsworth Grasmere and Lancaster University