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Official opening of Dorothys Gate at Aira Force

This week marks the launch of a brand-new art installation at Aira Force called Dorothy’s Gate. The installation is one of nine commissioned pieces of art to make up a new heritage trail located on the Ullswater Way.

Over the past twelve months, local group ‘Friends of the Ullswater Way’ who works with all five parishes around the lake has been working closely with local craftspeople and artists to create nine heritage-themed installations to celebrate. different aspects of the history and culture of the valley.

The Dorothy Gate located in front of the National Trust’s Aira Force café 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 very near its location.

Funding for the gate has been donated by 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.

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