Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Central Lake District

Route: Circuit of Rydal Water

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 29th October 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.4 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: some weak sun

It had been raining heavily all morning but at last the clouds lifted and there was time for a low level walk. I drove over to Rydal and parked along the lane by St Mary’s Church. After walking through the grounds of the church I crossed the Grasmere road and followed a path down to the shore of Rydal Water

The path hugs the shoreline for much of the way, then rises gently. Beyond the end of the lake I carried on uphill to join the beautiful elevated path known as Loughrigg Terrace – the views over Grasmere are spectacular from here

At the end of the terrace I descended to the shore of Grasmere, crossed the footbridge just beyond the weir, and walked through part of White Moss Common. This led me to the Grasmere road which I crossed, and then followed a path uphill to join the old Coffin Road, so called as it was used to take the dead of Rydal for burial in Grasmere

The Coffin Road took me back into Rydal to complete the circuit of the lake

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