Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Central Lake District

Route: Circuit of Rydal Water

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 19th December 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.3 miles

Weather: Very misty

Today’s walk was an unplanned one – I’d prepared for a longer walk in the Langdale area, but as I drove over Dunmail Raise I was confronted by a thick bank of cloud, and on the descent towards Grasmere I became surrounded by murky fog. It was clear that there would be no long distance views in this part of the lakes, so it was time for a re-think

I decided instead to walk round Rydal Water which looked quite atmospheric as I drove by. I parked on the roadside at Rydal Mount and after crossing the A591 I joined the footpath which leads to the foot of Rydal Water

I followed the easy path which runs along the southern shore of the lake (heavenly Loughrigg Terrace is higher up but there would have been no views from there), and after crossing the footbridge over the river I set out along the return leg. In better weather I’d have followed the higher level Coffin Road but had to compromise again. I followed the footpath beside the busy A591, not a route I’d recommend normally but at least I had some views of the lake which would have been invisible from higher up

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