Following the footsteps of Britain’s master wordsmiths  October 25th, 2018

 

The United Kingdom continues to bring forth authors of wit, humour and undeniable capability. Gripping tales of fearless wizards, shrewd detectives, haughty landed gentry, disadvantaged governesses and ‘Great Expectations’ are just a minor quantity of well-narrated tales that maintain a loving hold over readers of all ages and walks of life. Pay homage to the authors who’ve helped many a soul evade the colourless grind of everyday life, by including one or more of the following locations to your next holiday itinerary. Ideally, you could secure a campervan or motorhome hire and embark on a fulfilling storyteller’s journey across the UK!

 

Beatrix Potter – Lake District

 

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Not only was Beatrix Potter the author of many a treasured children’s tales, but she was also a keen farmer and purchased many farms with the sole aim of conserving the unique landscape of the hill country. She drew inspiration for her best-known book ‘The Tales of Peter Rabbit’ from her many vacations and subsequent residence in the Lake District plus her pet rabbits Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper. Take a tour of her former residence, Hill Top, and you’ll have the opportunity to stroll among her preserved belongings and furnishings, which is maintained by the National Trust. Your next stop will be Wray Castle, near Lake Windermere. Beatrix spent many holidays here as a teen, and her love for natural preservation and the countryside of Lake District blossomed and grew under the encouragement of the vicar of Wary, Hardwicke Rawnsley. Pop into Bowness-on-Windermere which features an interactive museum titled The World of Beatrix Potter!

 

William Shakespeare – Stratford-upon-Avon

 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, celebrated playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare need no introduction. The year 2018 marks 602 years since the death of the gifted author who gave us masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice. Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare’s birthplace, and his modest half-timbered home in Henley Street serves as a popular tourist attraction. Welcoming visitors for over 250 years, you’ll walk through the very halls and rooms that revering Shakespeare enthusiasts like Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy once admired. Visit Shakespeare’s final resting place the Holy Trinity Church to pay your respects. End the evening on a high note as you savouring the exciting blend of the globally renowned Shakespeare Company and the works of the gifted playwright as they bring his stories to life at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre.

 

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Charlotte Bronte – Hayworth

 

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Gripping readers with the tale of a poor yet plucky governess Jane Eyre and the numerous eerie occurrences during her employment under mysterious and moody Mr Rochester, Charlotte Bronte now comfortably rests within the British cultural landscape. Jane Eyre was published under the pseudonym “Currer Bell” and received a relatively good reception despite the Victorians considering it somewhat of a “naughty book!” Hayworth residence was once home to the lively, celebrated Bronte sisters and is now known as the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Step inside the well-preserved rooms for an authentic view of Charlotte’s life including her writing desk and her bedroom.

 

Agatha Christie – Devon

 

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Delighting readers with the exploits of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the sharp Miss Marple, Guinness World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Many of her cases were based in or occurred around her hometown Torquay in Devon. Take a stroll along the Agatha Christie Mile which begins at the Imperial Hotel or the Grand Hotel and passes along locations that inspired the Queen of Crime. Amongst the many sites is the Imperial Hotel which features in many of her novels set in glitzy Jazz Age. Be sure to make time for a visit to the author’s holiday home, Greenway, which features Christie’s numerous, well-maintained belongings.

 

Jane Austen – Chawton and Bath

 

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Loved for her witty observations and unabashed critique of the British landed gentry, Jane Austen remains among the literary greats and novels like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Emma continue to resonate with readers today. Take a tour through Austen’s house and walk through the very rooms where the author penned Emma and other novels. Jane loved Bath and made it her home in 1801. The city which features in Persuasion and Northanger Abbey throws an annual Jane Austen Festival every September. It’s a fantastic chance to dance the night away at a Jane Austen inspired ball and take part in numerous events commemorating the author’s life and literary work.

 

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