The learning experience at the ACAIN course will not stop once outside the lecture hall. The leisure time will not only represent a golden and crucial opportunity for extensive discussions with outstanding Faculties and excellent scientific networking interactions with colleagues, but also a rare opportunity to experience this retreat-like atmosphere in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Hence the added value of the ACAIN course in Grasmere will be the unique opportunity of a full immersion into the local traditions, arts, beers, and food making it an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

During participants’ stay there will be ample time to arrange activities: should participants desire to engage in activities before the ACAIN course.

Lake District

Grasmere Village


Sports and Activities

Must-do activities at Grasmere

  • DOVE Cottage & Wordsworth Museum: Once home to William Wordsworth, arguably the most famous of the many poets who have been so inspired by the beauty of the Lake District. His first family cottage and the museum next door is now a much-visited attraction for those seeking to find out more about his everyday life and the works written at the cottage. You can also attend a wide programme of events and exhibitions during the year.
    • Dove Cottage, Grasmere, LA22 9SH, UK. Tel. +44(0)15394 35544.
  • SARAH NELSON’S GingerbreadTucked between The Wordsworth Hotel and St Oswald’s Church sits the Old Grasmere School, now the home Grasmere Gingerbread®. It’s no exaggeration to say that people flock to sample the world-famous gingerbread and no visit to Grasmere would be complete without a stop here.
    • Church Cottage, Grasmere, LA22 9SW, UK.
  • ST OSWALD’S ChurchThe 13th century church in Grasmere is now one of the most visited shrines in the world thanks to its associations with the poet William Wordsworth who, together with his wife Mary, is buried here. The Wordsworth Daffodil memorial garden next door is a little haven of calm and glorious when in bloom.
    • Church Stile, Grasmere, LA22 9SW, UK.
  • HEATON Cooper Studio:  Established by the landscape painter Alfred Heaton Cooper in 1905.  The present Grasmere studio was built by his son William Heaton Cooper in 1938. The gallery is home to the work of the Heaton Cooper artistic dynasty whose paintings and books have influenced the landscape view of the Lake District for generations. There’s a varied programme of events running throughout the year.
    • Grasmere, LA22 9SX, UK.

Must-do activities near Grasmere

  • HILL TopBeatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse, now owned by the National Trust, is a veritable time capsule of her life and the inspiration behind her tales. Take a look around the farmhouse garden and learn about her deep connection to the place. Perhaps you will meet the real-life Mr McGregor!
    • Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LF, UK. (11.6 mi, 30 minutes by car from Grasmere).
  • HAWKSHEAD Grammar School – the William Wordsworth’s school: Hawkshead Grammar School in Hawkshead, Cumbria, England was founded in 1585 by Archbishop Edwin Sandys, of York, who petitioned a charter from Queen Elizabeth I to set up a governing body. The early School taught Latin, Greek and sciences, including arithmetic and geometry. Although the School closed in 1909, the building functions today as Hawkshead Grammar School Museum and is open to the public.
    • Main St, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, UK. (9.5 mi, 23 minutes by car from Grasmere).
  • GRIZEDALE ForestIn the heart of the Lakes, between Coniston and Windermere you’ll find Grizedale Forest. Explore the miles of waymarked paths on foot or bike, taking in the unrivalled views of the lakes and mountains under the shelter of the trees and amazing forest sculptures. If you’re looking for some high adrenaline activities why not hire an all-terrain forest Segway or bring out your inner-Tarzan and tackle the zip-wires and high ropes on the Go Ape Tree Top course (Go Ape Grizedale, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ).
    • GRIZEDALE FOREST & VISITOR CENTRE: Grizedale, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ, UK.  (13.5 mi, 39 minutes by car from Grasmere).
  • WINDERMERE Lake CruisesExplore the beauty of England’s largest lake by boat and take in the wonderful views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands. With a wide choice of trips ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours in duration, or even a whole day’s cruise, you can plot your route around the attractions you want to visit.
  • RYDAL MOUNT and GardensBetween Ambleside and Grasmere and with magnificent views of Windermere, Rydal Water and the fells stands the best loved family home of William Wordsworth where he lived from 1813 to 1850. Tour the house, walk in the gardens and take in the scenery that moved Wordsworth to write some of his best loved romantic literature.
    • Rydal Mount, Ambleside, Lake District, LA22 9LU, UK. Tel.: +44 (0) 15394 33002. (2.5 mi, 6 minutes by car from Grasmere).
  • WATERSPORTS: The Watersports Centre at Low Wood Bay, with its extensive range of equipment and an inspiring setting on Lake Windermere, against a backdrop of the Lakeland fells is a great location for getting out on the water.
    • Ambleside Rd, Windermere, LA23 1LP, UK. (5.8 mi, 14 minutes by car from Grasmere).
  • BROCKHOLEBetween Ambleside and Windermere, you’ll find Brockhole, the National Park Visitor Centre. With 30 acres of magnificent gardens to explore as well as mini golf, archery and pony riding there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Go caving, orienteering and cycling or children over 5 years can try the 35 treetop challenges including aerial rope bridges and wobbly logs and a fabulous 250 metre triple zip down to the shoreline. Take a lake cruise from the Brockhole jetty, or if you’re happier on terra firma, there’s always an exhibition to view, a lovely gift shop and a restaurant/tea room.
    • Brockhole on Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ, UK. (6.6 mi, 15 minutes by car from Grasmere).
  • BRANTWOOD – John Ruskin’s home: Brantwood, on the shores of Coniston Water, was the home of John Ruskin, one of the greatest figures of the Victorian age. Ruskin was a poet, an artist, a critic, a social revolutionary and a conservationist.
    • Brantwood Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AD, UK. (15.3 mi, 50 minutes by car from Grasmere).


Must-do activities at Lake District

  • FOUNTAINS ABBEY & Studley Royal Water Garden: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located a couple of miles outside Ripon. Be prepared to walk around… a lot. Around ponds, through trees, and up a steep hill which will get you a breathtaking “surprise view” of the abbey.  This UNESCO Site is a great area to spend the day exploring, hiking, admiring, and having afternoon tea.
    • Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY, UK. (90-100 mi, 2,10-2,35h by car from Grasmere).
  • HAREWOOD House: Harewood House, built in the 1760s by Edwin Lascelles, is renowned for its magnificent Robert Adam interiors. It is also home to superb Thomas Chippendale furniture and a world class collection of paintings by, amongst others, JMW Turner, Reynolds, Titian and El Greco. It has been home to the Lascelles family since it was build, reflecting the changing tastes and styles of the past 250 years. Harewood House is also home to the first contemporary art gallery to be opened in a country house. The Terrace Gallery hosts a changing programme of exhibitions and has welcomed artists including Sir Sidney Nolan, Antony Gormley, and Henry Moore.
    • Harewood House Trust, Harewood House Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG, UK. Tel. 0113 218 1010. (90 mi, 2,30h by car from Grasmere).
  • CASTLE Howard: near York, is one of Britain’s finest stately homes. A magnificent historic house in the north of England with ornate interiors and landscaped gardens. It is a private residence, and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Arguably the finest Baroque stately home in Britain, with a spectacular Great Hall under the painted and gilded dome 80 feet high. It contains fabulous collections of paintings and, notably, classical sculpture. Known to many as the location of ‘Brideshead’ in the television series and now in the recently launched new feature film. The park is designed on a heroic scale covering 1,000 acres. The gardens, with their formal baroque layout between two lakes and famous Prince of Wales Fountain, also include such memorable sights as the Temple of Four Winds, the Cascade and the Mausoleum. The Walled Garden has collections of old and modern roses, and Ray Wood has a unique collection of rhododendrons, rare trees, magnolias and azaleas. Winner of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award 2011.
    • Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA, UK. (127 mi, 2,34h by car from Grasmere).

Useful Links

Visit Cumbria.

Cumbria@Visit England.


Lake District National Park.



The Rough Guide to the Lake District (Travel Guide) (Rough Guides) by Rough Guides, 2017.

Wild Guide Lake District and Yorkshire Dales: Hidden Places and Great Adventures – Including Bowland and South Pennines by Daniel Start, 2016

Lonely Planet Pocket Lake District (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet and Oliver Berry, 2019.

Top 10 Lake District (Pocket Travel Guide) by DK Eyewitness, 2018.

Man About Tarn: How A Londoner Learned To Love The Lake District by Pete May, 2018.


The Lake Poets

Walking with Wordsworth: in the Lake District by Norman Buckley and June Buckley, 2010.

Literary Walks : Lake District walks with links to Wordsworth & Beatrix Potter (Lake District Top 10 Walks) by Steve Goodier, 2014.

The Lake Poets by Gavin D. Smith, 2010.

The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks, 2016.

Home at Grasmere: Extracts from the Journal of Dorothy Wordsworth and from the Poems of William Wordsworth (Penguin Classics) by Dorothy Wordsworth, William Wordsworth , et al.

Wainwrights in Verse: The Poetical Guide to the Lake District Fells by Mr John Phoenix Hutchinson, 2015.

The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Poetry Library) by William Wordsworth.

At Home with Beatrix Potter: The Creator of Peter Rabbit by Susan Denyer, 2009.

Letters From the Lake Poets, Vol. 8: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Robert Southey (Classic Reprint) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 2018.

Companions of Nature: A Lake Poets Anthology by Will Smith and Polly Atkin, 2019.