A Tour of the English Lakes

A Tour of the English Lakes


Back in 1769, a famous writer and poet called Thomas Gray went on a walking tour of the Lake District and wrote a descriptive journal about where he went and what he saw. It was the first example of modern travel writing with its vivid descriptions of the 18th century scenery.

A few years later an artist called Joseph Farington used a copy of Gray’s journal to follow in his footsteps, painting the scenes that Gray had described.

Just a few years ago John Murray, a publisher from London, inherited Gray’s original notebooks and decided to do exactly what Farington did over 200 years before. He found the locations and took digital photographs of the views.

Using this app, you can now find the locations where Gray wrote, Farington painted and Murray took his photos. The app contains an entry for each location painted by Farington and described by Gray, plus a map and a few hints to help you find the locations for yourself.

The words, pictures and photo's inspired an exhibition at the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, The Lake District, Cumbria, called Pen, Paint & Pixels. Why not come along and have a look?

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About A Tour of the English Lakes
Back in 1769, a famous writer and poet called Thomas Gray went on a walking tour of the Lake District and wrote a descriptive journal about where he went and what he saw. It was the first example of modern travel writing with its vivid descriptions of the 18th century scenery.

A few years later an artist called Joseph Farington used a copy of Gray’s journal to follow in his footsteps, painting the scenes that Gray had described.

Just a few years ago John Murray, a publisher from London, inherited Gray’s original notebooks and decided to do exactly what Farington did over 200 years before. He found the locations and took digital photographs of the views.

Using this app, you can now find the locations where Gray wrote, Farington painted and Murray took his photos. The app contains an entry for each location painted by Farington and described by Gray, plus a map and a few hints to help you find the locations for yourself.

The words, pictures and photo's inspired an exhibition at the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, The Lake District, Cumbria, called Pen, Paint & Pixels. Why not come along and have a look?

Recent changes:
Support for small screens

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A Google User
Aug 1, 2013
Interesting, but not what I was looking for. I had hoped this would contain more relevant useful information for a visiting tourist, especially how to get there but you have to work a lot of it out yourself. Very interesting and informative work though, particularly in relation to the descriptions of the featured areas.
A Google User
Aug 16, 2012
Looking forward to the search With the rain lashing down outside it's great to wander the fells from an armchair with a mug of chocolate. Will try the app in the great outdoors soon - just having the wonderful pictures is brilliant. Thanks Jeff and his great team
A Google User
Aug 16, 2012
Looking forward to the search With the rain lashing down outside it's great to wander the fells from an armchair with a mug of chocolate. Will try the app in the great outdoors soon - just having the wonderful pictures is brilliant. Thanks Jeff and his great team
nicci
Aug 16, 2012
Looking forward to the search With the rain lashing down outside it's great to wander the fells from an armchair with a mug of chocolate. Will try the app in the great outdoors soon - just having the wonderful pictures is brilliant. Thanks Jeff and his great team
A Google User
Jul 11, 2012
A breath of fresh air I went to see the exhibition in Grasmere and then got the app. The app has a lot of the exhibition in it, but obviously it's better to see the full sized pictures and all the other stuff in the museum. The GPS feature doesn't take you exactly to a viewpoint, so there is a bit of exploring to do when you are in the general area. My family decided that climbing trees was the best way to see the views where new growth has obscured what Farringdon painted but each to their own and I'm not recommending it. One tip - zoom on your camera / phone is quite useful if you are trying to reproduce the pictures from the exhibition. We spent the whole morning looking for views around Derwentwater and if the weather is OK tomorrow, we will be doing the waterfalls and river near Rydal.