Lakeland Walking Breaks

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Nab Scar and Rydal Water


A circuit of Rydal Water

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Nab Scar and Rydal Water

A Circuit of Rydal


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Rydal Water is just under a mile long, and a quarter of a mile wide. The circuit of the lake makes a lovely low level walk, suitable for people of all abilities and ideal for families. There are not only superb views in all directions, but also the added attraction of Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's home for the last 37 years of his life. This walk can also be combined with the circuit of Grasmere to make a longer excursion.

The walk starts at White Moss Common, where there are no fewer than four car parks, two of which are free. (The Free ones are situated at a higher level, accessed from the minor road that runs from White Moss to Grasmere. Just turn up the hill by the ice cream van!!

White Moss is also well served with buses.

Th eBluebell Woods at White Moss Common

From White Moss, we cross the River Rothay and follow the path through the woods. We took this photos for this walk in late May 2013, and the Bluebells were still in abundance.

Rydal Woods

At the top of the woods is a gate leading out onto the fellside. It's a popular route for walkers and general tourists alike as it not only leads around Rydal, but also up to Loughrigg Terrace, one of Lakeland's most popular viewpoints.

Rydal Water

There is a choice of high or low routes. The low route takes you beside the shore of Rydal Water, and is very pleasant, but we follow the high route, enjoying superb views of the lake.

Rydal Caves

There's method in our madness. The higher route leads to Rydal Caves. These are not natural features, but are in fact the remains of a slate quarry.

The lower caves at Rydal

There is more than one cave. The two lower ones, although not as large as the upper one, are still worth a look around. Take care of falling rocks though.

Rydal Water

The path from the caves towards Rydal Village is nice and wide, and boasts superb views of the Eastern end of the lake.

Rydal Water

At the end of the path is a seat from which the views are amongst that best on the walk.

We have a choice of routes now. There is a footpath through the woods to a bridge that crosses the River Rothay to come out close by the Glen Rothay Hotel, however, we are taking the route that passes by Pelter Bridge car park, in order to give the ice cream van that parks at Pelter Bridge some trade! On the way we pass by a cottage that has two nice stained glass windows depicting birds.

Spooky Tree

We also pass by this rather spooky looking tree. "Here's looking at you, kid!"


We are in Rydal, once the home of Wordsworth, and a place where his influence remains strong.

Dora's field

We walk through Dora's Field, so called because Wordsworth bought it intending to build a house for his daughter Dora in it. The house was never built, and when Dora died, Wordsworth and his family planted Daffodils in the field in her memory. On our visit the daffodils had finished, but there was a good display of bluebells.

Rydal Church

Wordsworth also had a certain amount of influence regarding the siting and design of Rydal Church. He also served as a church warden there for a short period.

Rydal Mount

A little way up the road from the church is Rydal Mount, which is open to the public. Both house, and the excellent gardens, have been preserved much as Wordsworth would have known them. However, muddy boots are not appreciated in the house!!

Coffin route sign

We head back to White Moss Common here, via the coffin route. Back in the 18th century this was the main road from Ambleside to Grasmere. Ambleside had no church, or graveyard, so when a resident of Ambleside died the funeral cortege had to come along this rocky track. Fine if you could afford to have the coffin carried on a carriage, but for most people the coffin was physically carried.

Fallen treeon the coffin route

I's not long before we come across this fallen tree, and finally learned the real reason for the credit crunch. The banks clearly went bust because everyone was embedding their hard earned money in old tree trunks instead of investing it.

Loughrigg, from the coffin route

The views from the coffin route are not as extensive as those on the other side. The slopes of Nab Scar are more heavily wooded and so the view is lost in places. But when it does appear it is certainly worth waiting for.

Rydal from White Moss Common

At the end of the walk we climb the fell at White Moss common to get this superb view looking East. The only problem being that it threw a very heavy shower, just as we got to the top of the fell. That's no problem, this is one walk that we will keep on coming back to.

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