March 2024 | Cumbria Born and Bred, Poet Laureate
~ William Wordsworth, 7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850

William Wordsworth, an English Romantic poet, was born in 1770 in Cockermouth originally in the county of Cumberland and became an orphan after losing his mother at the age of 7, and his father 6 years later. He, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication, Lyrical Ballads.

Although Wordsworth was wary of tourists invading his beloved Lake District he was one of the first authors to write a guide book “A Guide through the District of the Lakes”. He also opposed the railway encroaching on his home area as he didn’t think the masses would appreciate the natural beauty. 

Nature played a significant role in inspiring Wordsworth’s poetry, and he believed in its power to heal and rejuvenate and found solace and beauty in its presence.

Wordsworth attended Cockermouth Free School which was also attended by Christian Fletcher who led the mutiny on HMS Bounty but Fletcher was 6 years older than Wordsworth so probably they were not school friends. Wordsworth went on to attend Hawkshead Grammar school and Cambridge University.

In 1790 like many young men of his day Wordsworth embarked on a Grand Tour walking through revolutionary France during his summer vacation and fell in love with a French woman, Annette Vallon, who, in 1792, gave birth to their daughter, Caroline.

He also was a strong supporter of the abolition of slavery and the rights of women as well as supporting the temperance movement although he did frequent the Red Lion pub in Grasmere.

For the last seven years of his life he was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, though he wrote no official verses during this time.

Join our trip - The Lake District at Work - the Real Cumbria.

Wordsworth on Helvellyn
by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1842

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February 11, 2022 | Keen to travel but concerned...

Reduce stress by getting informed and being prepared.

 Keep up to date with travel restrictions and entry requirements by country.

Check and cross reference multiple information sources against news reports and updates issued directly by government agencies and tourism boards. For example - 

Kayak – International Travel Restrictions by Country

United Airlines – COVID-19 Travel Entry Requirements

IATA Travel Center – COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map

Covid Controls | The COVID-19 dashboard made for travelers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19

Buy self-administered Rapid Antigen COVID test kits BEFORE leaving home.

Currently (Feb 11, 2022), even if you are fully vaccinated, you must take a pre-travel COVID test 1 day before your scheduled return flight to the US. 

Before leaving home, buy self-administered Rapid Antigen COVID test kits you can take any time, from anywhere in the world. Self-collect and test your sample during a supervised virtual visit with a testing specialist. 

Results of this test (a digital health certificate) are approved for re-entry to the United States. No appointment needed. All you need is an internet connection, a device with a webcam, your passport to confirm your identity and 20 minutes.

Online sources to buy supervised COVID-19 self-test kits include -  

QuestDiagnostics - uses Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test @ $70 for 2 test kits

EMED – uses Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag At-Home Test Kit 6 Pack @ $150 ie $25/ test kit

CityHealth - uses CityHealth Rapid Antigen test kit $75/ 1 test

Consider buying more than one kit just in case of loss or contamination or you need to retest.

The above information is supplied in an effort to be helpful. It is your responsibility to confirm accuracy and validity.