Clusters of daffodils and their sunshine-yellow trumpets are a sight for winter-weary eyes this season. We like to think of the Lake District as their spiritual home, as Cumbrian poet William Wordsworth dedicated one of his most famous poems to the cheery flowers.
Less than half an hour from the Pheasant Inn, Caldbeck is a quaint village tucked between some of the Lake District’s most iconic fells including Skiddaw and Blencathra. Slightly off the beaten tourist track, it’s a lovely visit at any time of year but especially in late February, March and April when the village and nearby walks are blanketed in yellow daffodils.
Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby
A 40-minute drive from us but well worth it, Acorn Bank is a National Trust property set in stunning gardens and orchards. The 17th century house was owned by poet and author Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, ‘lady of a million daffodils’, who left a legacy of the flowers in the woods around her former home.
Wordsworth penned his ode to daffodils after a springtime visit to Glencoyne Bay on the western shores of Ullswater Lake and you can walk in his footsteps or catch the Ullswater Steamer boat to spot the yellow flowers from the open deck.
The market town of Cockermouth, birthplace of William Wordsworth, is just a short drive from The Pheasant Inn. Wordsworth’s childhood home is restored and presented in its 1700s glory – pop in for a visit and then head to Harris Park where over five thousand daffodils are planted every year in tribute to the romantic poet.
Mirehouse & Gardens, near Keswick
A peaceful day out and just down the road from us, this manor house has lovely terraced gardens packed with daffodils in the spring months. There’s a bee garden, poetry walk and seasonal exhibitions in the main house too, all surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and Bassenthwaite Lake.
You can also spot sunny daffodils in our English cottage garden!