Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Route: Rydal Water

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 21st December 2017

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 3.7 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Low cloud and mist

Today’s walk was an unplanned one – I’d prepared for a fell walk but the fells were obscured by low lying clouds and there would have been no views at all, even from the nursery slopes, 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 followed the footpath beside the A591. I’d normally have followed the higher level Coffin Road which avoids the road and has good views but there would have been no point in doing so today. It’s possible to leave the footpath in a couple of places and descend to the lakeshore

I soon reached White Moss Common, where several paths lead in different directions. I followed the path through the woods which emerges onto Loughrigg Terrace, one of the loveliest paths in lakeland. I followed the lower level path in order to enjoy such views as there were, and on reaching the head of the lake I crossed the footbridge over the River Rothay to complete the circuit of the lake

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