20th July 2014

Something easy - Rydal and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 12 to 2:55pm
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent about 400 ft (give or take a little)
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Dove Cottage - Whitemoss Common Tarn - A591 to Rydal - Rydal Water - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere (village) - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking Spaces, A591 outside Grasmere

When Grasmere is very busy and parking is a problem, this would be a good place to try. It may be outside the village but it's only a 5 minute walk to the village centre. From the south end of the lay-by cross straight over the road and follow the signed footpath to Millennium Bridge and the church.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


A longer walk up on the fells would have been nice today but the other evening I twisted my hip getting off the sofa - I think I said something like "O dear that hurt". The niggling pain I've had since then told me to be sensible and have an easy walk today instead. So, here we are in an area we particularly like, for one of the walks we really enjoy, although today, I have to admit this wasn't our first choice.

Dove Cottage.

Town End buildings,

Interesting information , , , , but, why not show the distance from Ambleside to Grasmere in miles. This is the English Lake District after all!

Believe it or not, this is a picture of Whitemoss Common Tarn.

I think I'll name this Raspberry Lonning. To be blunt, they were growing all over the place so I stuffed my face with them as we walked past.

Okay, so far so good, so we decided to walk around Rydal instead of heading straight back by Grasmere.


A close up of the end of Rydal Water.

It must be warm if people can swim in there without any screaming and shouting about the cold water.

Nab Scar.

The new section of path around Rydal seems to be taking shape now. Hopefully it's still in place after a few winters when this side of the lake has been under water. Had they used proper 'big stones' instead of this stuff, that thought wouldn't have crossed my mind.

The path continues past the lake and towards Loughrigg Terrace.


Summer is here and so are the visitors in search of relaxation in a beautiful setting. Well, if that's what they were after I'm sure they found it here. Longer spells of sunshine would have been nice today but it's dry, quite hot and everyone seemed to be having a great time, including us two.

A close up of Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.

A view down Grasmere to Helm Crag, Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.

Across the lake to Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

That's a funny looking Duck !

Seat Sandal.



We arrive in Grasmere just as the sky decides to turn much more of a blue colour than it had been. The pointed fell behind the houses is Helm Crag.

A busy sunday afternoon in Grasmere.


Millennium Bridge.

Just before we reach the car I take a picture of Helm Crag and Steel Fell.
Given my predicament this was a good choice for me today. The only time I felt any pain was while walking uphill, and on this walk there's hardly any of that. O well, the fells aren't going anywhere and you probably already know I don't mind lower level walks anyway.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks