Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere

A Lakes walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 19/09/16

Starting from Grasmere this Lake District walk includes a circuit of Rydal water and Grasmere. The route includes some wonderful views especially from Loughrigg Terrace.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.38mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 633ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 630ft
Highest point Highest point : 548ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 197ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Lakes
Starting point Starting point : N 54.456356° / W 3.020787°
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(D)The start is the large pay and display car park (grid ref. NY339072) just off the A591 Ambleside to Keswick Road. Exit the car park and turn left back to the main road. Cross the A591, and take the lane opposite passing Dove Cottage on your left. Walk along the lane until just before it bends right. Here leave the lane and continue ahead on a stony track. At first the track goes uphill but soon levels off to follow a more undulating course across the fellside all the way to Rydal. Reaching Rydal, turn right past the church to the main road.

(1)Cross the main road and turn right walking towards Grasmere. Take the signed path on your left and cross the bridge over the River Rothay. Once across the bridge take the path on your right. This leads through woodland to the shores of Rydal Water with Nab Scar providing a scenic backdrop. The path soon leaves the shores of the lake and climbs gently to reach a path junction (grid ref. NY347060). Here ignore the path leading down to the shores of Grasmere instead taking the clear path across the fellside. This is Loughrigg Terrace and offers fine views over Grasmere on your right.

(2)Reaching an area of woodland at the end of the Terrace path, ignore the path descending through the trees on your right and continue straight ahead to reach a lane - Red Bank (grid ref. NY340056). Turn right down Red Bank and take the first signed footpath on your left. This leads through Red Bank Wood to join a walled track. Bear right down this track to the road near the Wyke. Turn left along this road and follow into the centre of Grasmere. Reaching a junction, turn right in front of the church and you will find the car park a short way on your left.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: Grasmere pay and display car park
1 : mi 2 - alt. mi 2 - Rydal
2 : mi 3.16 - alt. mi 3.16 - Turn left along Loughrigg Terrace
D/A : mi 5.38 - alt. mi 5.38 - Finish: Grasmere pay and display car park

Useful Information

The Lake District has a wide variety of low level walks which are often reserved for the days when clouds lie low over the fells. This walk starts from the regional centre of Grasmere and follows a well walked track to Rydal. From here the route passes the shores of Rydal Water before enjoying wide ranging views over Grasmere. As well as the scenic interest, the walk passes two of the homes of William Wordsworth, namely Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. Both of these are passed during the walk and can be visited on payment of an admission fee.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.44/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4.67/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 4.33/5

on Mon 25 Feb 2019 09:24:58 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A very pleasant walk made better by the exceptional February weather. The view from Loughrigg Terrace is unforgettable

on Mon 29 Oct 2018 12:04:28 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 29/10/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

It turned out to be a lovely walk on a pleasant day in mid October. Easy to follow and adapt using the is map. Great web site.

on Mon 23 Oct 2017 13:18:22 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 22/09/17
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A nice leisurely walk around these two lakes, with great views and plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat and a cuppa.

Good paths and easy walking.

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