20th November 2013

Around Rydal Water


Walk Overview
Time 10:15 to 11:45am
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 2.8 mile
Ascent Not very much
Walking with Jennifer
Rydal - Coffin Route - Whitemoss Car Park - Rydal Water - Rydal
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking next to Rydal Church

The roadside parking area runs from the church up hill towards Rydal Mount. Even though there is room for quite a few cars, this is a very popular place indeed and you will need to arrive early if you hope to get a space.

Just around the corner you'll find the Badger Bar offering food and drink.

The parking is actually free, but there is an honest box on the fence next to the church for those who are grateful for a days cheap parking.


Route Map

The opportunity came along for us to have a short walk today so we headed out for a circuit of Rydal. Our timing turned out to be spot on today. It was quite nice when we set off and as seen as though we weren't going very far I didn't bother taking a jacket, a bag or anything except a camera. Two minutes after getting back to the car, heavy rain turned up.

Follow the signs otherwise you'll end up on the Fairfield Horseshoe or walking through Rydal (the valley).

On the coffin route.

From a distance this just looks like another felled tree stump. When you get closer, you realise that the whole thing is gradually being covered in coins.


Just past the stump and you begin to get views of Rydal Water.


A close up of Silver How.

About half way along the coffin route we headed back down to valley level.

A little way above the car park at White Moss you pass by this waterfall. It's not very big but still worth a moment of your time to have a look.

You might (or might not) be wondering why the bridge needs so many steps. I reckon it's because this section of the river regularly floods after heavy rain. As seem as though it's made out of wood, it must be easier to build the bridge well out of harms way than to keep dragging it back up stream every time it gets washed away.


Woodland on the way to the return walk along the southern end of Rydal Water.

Nab Scar and Rydal Water seen behind the ruined farm building next to the path.

While we enjoyed a few minutes of sunshine, we could see the black clouds building up and moving in our direction.


A close up of Nab Cottage.

And not so close up with Nab Scar behind.


Rydal Church was bathed in sunshine when we got back to the car. Not for long though, the black clouds did in fact reach us and as I said at the start, just after setting off, the rain started.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks