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Rydal Water and Grasmere Water Lake District and Cumbria WALKING - Walks - Rydal Water & Grasmere

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It is recommended that you console your map of the area you intend to walk in for the correct route as the walks mentioned are an overview.

A lovely walk with easy walking with some slight uphill walking.

With views of Grasmere and accompanied with views of Rydal Water.


Highest Point: 100m/350ft

Distance: 8.5km/5.5miles

Time: 3.5hrs

Starting/Finish Point:
The car park near the
Police Station - AMBLESIDE.

Grasmere and Rydal Map Route

Map not to Scale

AMBLESIDE - Starting point and Finish

Leaving the car park turn left, turning left again just after the Police Station down the road which leads to fields with the Stock Ghyll on the left for a short time eventually coming to the River Rothay.

Join the lane turning right with the River Rothay being on your right eventually coming to a bridge [Pelter Bridge] which leads onto the main road to Grasmere.

Before the bridge turn left the lane heads away from the bridge past Cote How Guest House eventually coming to a wooden gate. Through the gap and continue along the rough track to another gate.

Enter through the gate going straight on taking the upper path and not taking the bridleway to the right. Soon you will have the view of Rydal Water and it's two small islands.

Continue along the track taking you past the lake and alongside a stone wall and behind the trees eventually coming to a small beck to cross and a climb to first of Rydal caves. Along the path and up the side of a slate quarry to the second of the caves.

Past the cave and onto a viewpoint taking in Rydal Water, from here head along the path. On reaching the small conifer plantation where the path goes left and then left again on a narrower path, climbing steeply onto Loughrigg Terrace where some of the best views of the day can be taken in and Grasmere can be seen.

Soon you will arrive at a small beck to cross and to a pair of gates. Through the kissing gate and turn right through another kissing gate [signed Grasmere]. From here the path goes downhill through the woodland arriving at National Trust warden's cottage, take sharp right [signed Lake White Moss & Rydal] and follow the path through the woods to Grasmere shore.

Take the left gate near to the stone wall at the boundary of the woods and follow the shore line to a wooden footbridge, do not cross the bridge but carry along the path alongside the river towards the woods.

Shortly you will come to another kissing gate and into another wood, onto another kissing gate and climb the path above the river, keeping to the riverbank you will arrive at another footbridge turn right and follow the path away from the footbridge going uphill [signed Loughrigg Terrace] and arrive at another gate, enter through the gate and turn left and follow the stone wall that will bring you back to Rydal Water and alongside the shore of the lake.

Another gate in the wall that will take you into woods, on leaving the woods you will come to another gate [old iron gate] that leads into open field with the path leading across the field to the River Rothay, on reaching the footbridge [do not cross] turn right and follow the faint path up the field to another gate and enter into the woods for the last time to yet another gate to emerge at the lane from Pelter Bridge, turn left and arrive at Pelter Bridge turn right and the follow the route back to Ambleside this time the River Rothay being on your left.


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