A COUPLE from the Netherlands who are social media ambassadors for the Lake District have translated Wordsworth’s Daffodils into Dutch.

Rob and Cobie te Nijenhuis fell in love with the poet’s work when they visited his home at Rydal Mount this summer.

Great fans of the Lake District, a place they have been coming to for 26 years, this was their first visit to the house near Ambleside where William Wordsworth spent most of his life.

“We had seen Wordsworth’s grave and heard he wrote a poem about daffodils, but he’s not well known in the Netherlands,” said Rob, a retired banker from Hummelo.

All that is set to change as Rob, a prolific tweeter who spends much of his time on social media telling the world of the loveliness of the English Lakes, has become a great Wordsworth fan. He translated the poem after he and Cobie visited Rydal this summer as guests of the curator Peter Elkington, and has now sent a copy of the poem in Dutch to Peter.

A story about the couple’s love affair with the Lakes has recently been published in their local newspaper.

“The Lake District is the most beautiful place in the world,” he said. “We love England, but especially the Lakes.”

Rob and Cobie, who works as a commercial publisher, have stayed in Little Langdale every holiday, originally at Wilson Place farm and then at Damson View cottage.

Peter Elkington said: “We were delighted to meet Rob and Cobie this summer, and will now put their translation of the poem on display in the house.”