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Poetry Walk

The Poetry Walk, in a section of the terraced garden known as “Canada” is an ongoing commemoration of the unique literary connections that Mirehouse has had over the years. Many Mirehouse visitors will be familiar with the exhibition of the winning entries for the biennial Mirehouse Poetry Prize.

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Family Nature Trail

We are lucky to have a variety of interesting trees, plants, birds, animals, and insects living here. The walk is about half a mile long, taking you through woodland, gardens, a wildflower meadow and even passed a waterfall. See if you can spot the red squirrels, badgers, deer and rabbits along your way.

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Catstocks Wood

As can be seen from the plan, there are several routes through this wood. It is possible to loop back after reaching the lake and retrace your steps past the House or to continue further along the lakeshore, following a sign for the Old Sawmill.

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The Lakeside

If you follow the sign for the Old Sawmill, wide views of the Derwent valley open up as you leave Catstocks Wood. To the left is Skiddaw with Ullock Pike and wooded Dodd in the foreground.

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The Parkland and St Bega's Church

Formerly the land between Mirehouse and the Church of St Bega was open parkland, carefully landscaped, including 'ha-has' or sunken fences. It was, however, enclosed to permit more intensive agriculture in 1914 as part of the 'war effort'.

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