Dorothy's Gate offfically unveiled
A new art installation has been unveiled at Aira Force. Dorothy’s Gate is one of nine commissioned pieces of art to make up a new heritage trail located on the Ullswater Way.
Over the past year, the Friends of the Ullswater Way who work with all five parishes around the lake, has been working closely with local craftspeople and artists to create the heritage-themed installations. They celebrate different aspects of the history and culture of the valley.
The Dorothy Gate, stands on the grassy area in front of Aira Force Cafe and celebrates the writing of Dorothy Wordsworth and her influence on the poetry of her brother, William Wordsworth. The ash poles have been carved with words from Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal by local craftsperson James Mitchell - describing the beautiful daffodils she saw as she walked along the shores of Ullswater not far from this spot
Funding for the gate has come from Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the Wordsworth Trust. Additional support has been given from a wide range of individuals and organisations including: Colin Bell and Stephen Gorton in Hartsop who advised on how the gate would have looked in Dorothy's day.
The National Trust and the Lightburn family, of Watermillock, have also contributed to the overall design, production and sourcing of materials necessary to install the gate.
Look out for the gate if you are walking the Ullswater Way this year.