29th October 2011

A wet walk around Grasmere and Rydal


Walk Overview
Time 08.50 to 11.40
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Grasmere - The Lea - Grasmere (lake) - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin route to Grasmere - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

It might have been almost 9 o'clock, but it still felt quite dark as walked through Grasmere. And the place was almost deserted except for a few dog walkers and some people beginning to open up their shops.

Even though it was a wet walk, it was still good to get out today. This has been a rubbish month for getting out walking. Sometimes because of the weather but mainly because we've been getting some building work done at home. Taking walls down, putting new ones up, having a new kitchen fitted, , , , in a different room, of course there was also all the inevitable preparation that was needed. And worst of all the upheaval that came along with all that. Yesterday was the best weather we've had all week and I was all fired up to head out for the day. As it turned out, I had to wait in the the electrician to come. He didn't turn up till noon!!
Hopefully normal walking service will resume in the next week or so otherwise I'll go crazy.

Heading along the road just outside Grasmere.
To state the obvious, it was chucking it down.

Looking over the wall for a view of Grasmere.


Like water off a ducks back.

Almost at the weir end of the lake and thankfully the rain eased off for a while.

It may have been dull and wet, but it was so peaceful walking alongside the two lakes today. Just what I needed to restore a bit of calm and sanity into what has been a busy month.

Rydal reflections.

This is normally a very busy section of path indeed, particularly when the weather is favourable (now wouldn't that be nice), and even more so when the holiday season is in full swing.

Another view across the lake to catch the reflections. It was actually much nicer than the photos show.


The Badger Bar. What can I say, , , I don't recommend it for a meal unless it's changed since I was there about ten years ago, I merely point it out to you.

On the coffin route just above Rydal.

Rydal Water, although I'd never add "Water" onto the end if I were talking about the place. Just as I wouldn't with Crummock, Ennerdale or Coniston.

Rydal Water and the main A591.

White Moss Tarn, aka Scater's Tarn and Wordsworth Tarn.
The weed was cleared out of this tarn a few years ago. Something to do with it being an invasive species from 'elsewhere'. It looks like the weed has got the better of the guys that tried to get rid of it.

And where to after this. Back home to take two car loads of rubbish to the tip.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks