Grasmere, Rydal Water walk

Rydal Water

Route: Circuit of Rydal Water

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 23rd October 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.3 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Cloudy at first, gradually clearing

We haven’t visited Rydal Water for some time, and were keen to see the autumn colours around the lake. We were unable to park in the usual place at Pelter Bridge and Rydal Mount as they were full, and the sheer number of people around almost caused us to abandon the area and find somewhere quieter – I’d forgotten that it was half term. We decided to carry on though, having found some spaces in one of the car parks at White Moss Common. From here we climbed up to the old Coffin Road, so called as it was the route used to take the dead of Rydal to the church in Grasmere for burial. This is a delightful mid level woodland path, with occasional views of Rydal Water along the way

We descended to Rydal and made a short diversion to the grounds of Rydal Hall – the lovely gardens in front of the hall make this a very worthwhile detour. Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth’s family home, is next door but we passed by this today.  After crossing the Ambleside road we then crossed the footbridge over the River Rothay and arrived at the shore of Rydal Water. About half way along the lake the path rises to give good views back over it. At this point we’d intended to descend back to White Moss Common but by a stroke of good fortune the grey skies parted, the light improved, and we decided to extend the walk by following the elevated path along Loughrigg Terrace. This is one of the loveliest half miles in lakeland, with wonderful views over Grasmere

From here we descended Red Bank and joined the lakeshore path beside Grasmere briefly before crossing back to White Moss Common and the car park at the end of the walk

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