All at once I saw a crowd
WHILE wandering ‘lonely as a cloud/that floats on high o’er vales and hills’, William Wordsworth would have been aghast to spot a host of ungainly pylons instead of golden daffodils. The poet’s great-great-great-great-grandson, Christopher Wordsworth, is campaigning against the National Grid’s plan to install a row of 154ft-tall pylons along the boundary of the Lake District National Park—in the Whicham Valley and across the top of the Duddon Estuary—a much cheaper option than burying the lines underground.
‘William Wordsworth was enthralled by the unique beauty of the Duddon—it inspired his famous series of sonnets,’ comments Mr Wordsworth. ‘As much as the works of my ancestor are an important part of our literary heritage, his “long-loved Duddon” is an important part of our natural heritage.’ Indeed, more than 40 million people visit Cumbria each year to see the poet’s landscape. Friends of the Lake District is urging local people to take part in a consultation, which ends on January 6, 2017 (www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk).