r is for romantic

William Wordsworth is most closely associated with the Lake District landscape around Grasmere and Rydal, but his character was formed in Penrith.  Escaping his grandparents' home in the town he roamed on the rough and rugged Beacon with its extensive views and prominent summit tower, gathering inspiration for his later works.  At school near St Andrew's Church he met his sweetheart Mary Hutchinson who he would go on to marry some twenty-five years later. 

Meet William and Mary at the Beneath the Beacon exhibition.