Cel­e­brate 200 years since Dorothy Wordsworth climbed Eng­land’s tallest peak

Countryfile Magazine - - Month In The Country -

On 7 Oc­to­ber 1818, Dorothy Wordsworth and her friend Mary Barker climbed to the sum­mit of Scafell Pike in the Lake Dis­trict. Her ac­count of the as­cent is one of the ear­li­est of its kind, but it also rep­re­sents the pi­o­neer­ing role women played in pro­mot­ing up­land walk­ing and moun­taineer­ing as a recre­ational ac­tiv­ity.

This au­tumn, Dove Cot­tage and the Wordsworth Mu­seum in Gras­mere is hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the bi­cen­te­nary of Dorothy’s feat and the creativ­ity and am­bi­tion of re­mark­able women. ‘This Girl Did’ is open from 1 Septem­ber to 23 De­cem­ber, and in­cludes the orig­i­nal let­ter de­scrib­ing Dorothy’s climb.

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