1st May 2006

A circuit of Grasmere and Rydal Water


Walk Overview
Time 11.30 to 14.40
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1030 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Grasmere Church - The Lea - Landing Stages - Grasmere (lake) - Weir - Loughrigg Terrace - Caves - Jobson Close - Rough Intake - Rydal Water - Steps End - A591 - Rydal - Rydal Church - Rydal Hall - Rydal Mount - ford - How Top - Dove Cottage - Town End - A591 - B5287 - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Broadgate, Grasmere

Broadgate is one of the three main car parks found in Grasmere. They all charge what may be considered over the odds, but I suppose parking in an area with so many walking options does come with a high price tag.

In addition to the walking on offer, the car park is within a minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and everything it has to tempt the visitor.


Route Map

Looking across to the weir end of Grasmere Lake.

I know the weather wasn't great today, but I can't remember he last time I saw only one person here.

Grasmere and the bridge over the short stretch of river between Grasmere and Rydal Water.

Looking back along the track we followed from Grasmere.

Rydal Water.
The path in this picture follows a route around the shoreline of Rydal Water. The path we took runs to the right of where I was standing to reach the caves.

Rydal Cave, looking in.

Rydal Cave, looking out.

The view from our lunch spot, near the entrance of the cave.

Rydal Water. The islands are called Little Isle and Heron Island.

Rydal Water again, seen behind this dead tree.

One of the stained glass windows in Rydal Church.

Part of the coffin route that runs between Grasmere and Ambleside. The route was used until 1821 to transport the dead from Grasmere to Ambleside for burial.

Rydal Water and Loughrigg Fell.

A heron in one of the pools near Whitemoss Common.

A fine house near How Top. Found a little way up the road from Dove Cottage.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks