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Rydal in Spring

Rydal in Spring

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Rydal in Spring

At only a mile long and a quarter of a mile wide Rydal Water is the smallest Lake in the Lake District. In fact, a number of tarns are actually bigger than Rydal Water. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in scenic beauty.

Join us for a stroll around the lake one afternoon in May. The daffodil season may have passed, but the Bluebells are in full bloom. There are superb views to be seen from the path that runs to Rydal Caves, which are not natural caves, but the remains of an old slate quarry.

We also pay a visit to Dora's field, bought by Wordsworth in 1837 in order to buy a house for his daughter, and now a lasting floral tribute to her.

We return by the coffin route, so called since it was the route over which coffins were carried from Ambleside, which in the 18th century had no church of it's own, to Grasmere.

We end on a rocky outcrop on White Moss Common, where there is a superb view of the Lake and the Eastern fells beyond.

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A walk around Rydal Water in May

Rydal in Spring

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Rydal in Spring is one of the walks featured in the following Jonathan Craig Guides. Click the picture of the book for more information.

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This book features a walk from Ambleside to Grasmere village via Rydal Water



"Nowt but Scenery" features a walk around Rydal and Grasmere from Rydal, the first part of which follows the route featured in the video.

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