Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Route: Circuit of Rydal Water

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 4th October 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 3.7 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Low cloud, drizzle, then rain

I’ve had a wonderful run of weather on my walks this year, and for the last 6 months or so have enjoyed almost continuous good weather. All good things come to an end sooner or later, and today was that day. The weather was dull when I set off for Rydal Water, but at least it wasn’t raining and so after parking on the roadside by St Mary’s Church Rydal (for which a £2 fee is payable to the church) I set off up the hill past Rydal Mount. I turned left at a junction to join the old Coffin Road, so called as it was once used to transport the dead to Grasmere for burial

This is a delightful mid level route, and I’d planned to walk around Grasmere as well, but as I continued the light drizzle turned into rain. When I reached a fork in the path it was decision time. I could carry on straight ahead to Grasmere, or descend to White Moss and shorten the walk. In view of the deteriorating conditions I decided on the latter and, after walking through White Moss Woods, I crossed the bridge over the River Rothay, which at this point divides Rydal Water from Grasmere

This brought me to Loughrigg Terrace, one of the loveliest half miles in lakeland, although it can be too busy at peak times. Thanks to the wet weather this wasn’t the case today

I followed the lower path as there was no point gaining height for the views, it was too misty and the rain was increasing in its intensity. On reaching the foot of the lake I crossed the wooden footbridge over the River Rothay, passing by St Mary’s Church again as I made my way back to the start

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