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Dora's field is located in the Lake District at the small village of Rydal which is situated between Grassmere and Ambleside on the main road. Dora's field is below Rydal Mount next to the church of St Mary's. William Wordsworth's house was situated at Rydal Mount.

There is a small coffee shop just a five minute walk from Dora's field situated near Rydal hall. Rydal Hall is run by a Christian group of about 20 men and women. It has 30 rooms for holiday makers but if you are there on holiday there are plenty of bigger villages with accommodation a short drive away. Rydal Hall is run by volunteers that work there for about a year at a time. Some of the volunteers are students and join in the summer months to lend a hand.

The Rash field was bought by William Wordsworth to originally build a house for his daughter Dora. This never happened but the field was inevitably called Dora's field when Dora died in 1847. The sea of Daffodils that you see today were planted in her memory. Dora's field now belongs to The National Trust.

There is a small request for donations when photographing in the church but this is not compulsory and is at the photographers discretion. There are no problems with photography at this particular church and it is left open for people to use.

Dora's field is perfect for people who can only walk limited distances as you can park on the road next to the church and it is just a short walk through the churchyard to Dora's field. It isn't perfect for wheelchair access as there are a few steps and kissing gates to pass through. You can however get to the church with a wheelchair.

It is one of the best places to visit for landscape photography when the weather isn't so good. At Dora's Field you can use the church for shelter whilst taking some pictures of glorious stain glass windows.

There is more to the church than the stain glass windows though – there are a number of items within the church including the stone Font that can be photographed. The church boasts both shelter and vibrant colours within the stain glass windows – maybe the bad weather in the Lakes is sent for you to enjoy the less visited places.

Once the rain and wind dies down you can go into the churchyard where the glorious daffodils are in bloom in early March. Early in the summer it turns into a sea of purple when the Bluebells begin to bloom.

The Lake District is very picturesque wherever you are. The mass of bright yellow flowers make it a good location for practising close up shots with macro lenses. As well as the beautiful flowers there are many trees and stone walls to explore.

What I found particularly interesting were the swathes of untouched flowers. People have so much respect for things in this area. It is very peaceful and delicate and within driving distance of other photogenic locations. Once you are in the Lake District there is so much you can take in. This was one of my favourite locations and is definitely worth a visit.

Dora's Field Images

The front view of St Mary's church at Dora's Field.
The Daffodiles that were planted in memory of Dora, William Wordsworths daughter.
A log tree - something else here to draw your eyes away from the flowers.
Part of the stain glass window inside St Mary's church.
A closer view of the mass of daffoldiles at Dora's field.


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