Kiplin Hall

Students with Dr. Gillin at the top of Helm Crag

Students pose with the illustrious Dr. Gillin at the top of Helm Crag.

Over the course of three weeks, seventeen students — joined by Dr. and Mrs. Gillin and their son-in-law Frank Fitzgibbon — hiked throughout the Lake District of England and the rocky slopes of Ireland.

From the “Who’s Who of Grasmere” to the harshness of the moors, students hiked and read from William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the Brontës in order to better understand the connection between literature and landscape. After hiking the steep mountains in surprisingly warm English weather, students bonded together at the Kiplin Hall Estate in Richmond, Yorkshire, England–an estate built by the Calvert family of Maryland.

Over hearty Irish breakfasts, students listened to Dr. Gillin read from Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh, and Leanne O’Sullivan before traversing the rich green crags and slopes of Ireland — sliding down bogs on their daily treks. Returning to the local pub in Glengariff at the end of each day, the bogsliders crowded around one large table to enjoy good food, warm Irish drinks, and the singing culture of Irish pubs.

Holly Irvin, Tina Gardner ’11, Erin McAuliffe ’14, Lisa Maberry, Steph Hackett ’12, and Molly-Anderson ’12 stand in front of the ruins of Corbridge.

Holly Irvin, Tina Gardner ’11, Erin McAuliffe ’14, Lisa Maberry, Steph Hackett ’12, and Molly-Anderson ’12 stand in front of the ruins of Corbridge.

Erin McAuliffe ’14, Holly Irvin, Tina Gardner ’11, Molly-Anderson ’12, and Olivia Mott ’12 on the top of Hellvelyn.

Erin McAuliffe ’14, Holly Irvin, Tina Gardner ’11, Molly-Anderson ’12, and Olivia Mott ’12 on the top of Hellvelyn.