7th March 2015

Rydal and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 12 to 3:15pm
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 400 ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Dove Cottage - How Top Tarn - Whitemoss Common Tarn - Coffin route to Rydal - Rydal Water - Rydal Caves - Loughrigg Terrace - Redbank Wood - Road to Grasmere - 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.


Route Map


Loughrigg Fell, seen from the Coffin Route between Grasmere and Rydal.

On the Coffin Route.

Regular gaps in the trees, walls and such like give opportunity for you to view Rydal Water and Loughrigg Fell at quite a few different angles.

Looking towards the Rydal end of Rydal Water.

As we were passing Rydal Hall we decided to call in the cafe for tea and cake. This is Rydal Beck which runs steeply down hill next to the cafe.

And here's the bridge, taken from the same spot.


Rydal Church.

Rydal Water. It was really quiet around here today which is strange as this is normally a place you can guarantee to be full of people.

Nab Scar, seen from the track up to the caves.

Looking in, , , ,

, , , , and looking out.

We're almost at Loughrigg Terrace now and there's just time for one last look at Rydal before it disappears from view.

Silver How, Grasmere and Helm Crag taken from Loughrigg Terrace.

and again, taken from a little further along Loughrigg Terrace.

Rather than walking alongside the lake, we opted to continue along this track until we reached Redbank Wood. No particular reason why, we just thought it seemed like a good idea.

Redbank Wood.

A redbank Wood view of Grasmere. Admittedly this wasn't the clearest of days but it was dry and it wasn't too cold despite the strong wind.
Have you noticed the piece of wood that looks a little bit like a black cat.


Grasmere in front of Stone Arthur and Heron Pike.

It's my favourite season so I was pleased to see that spring seems to have sprung. Once March arrives winter is as good as over so I just want the warmer days of spring to come along.

Calm before the storm; in a couple of weeks it'll be Easter and I suspect the place will be packed.

Well, I really enjoyed that. Partly because we'd intended to walk somewhere else today and after driving this far we chose to abandon the other walk because it deserved less cloudy conditions.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks