10th October 2010

Grasmere and Rydal


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Grasmere (village) - Grasmere (lake) - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Caves - Pelter Bridge - 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 was another gorgeous autumnal day in the Lake District; and while the long distance views were perhaps a little hazy, it was still very sunny and warm at lower level.

Peeping over the wall for a picture of Grasmere in front of Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

Autumn colours.

Although today's walk takes in a complete circuit of Grasmere and Rydal I only spent a short time next to Grasmere and I didn't walk close enough to dip a toe in Rydal Water at all.
The pointed fell in the centre of the picture is Helm Crag.


Heading along the path next to Grasmere.

From the shoreline below Loughrigg Terrace I took this picture looking down the length of Grasmere.

Pennyrock Wood was starting to look quite autumnal and I should imagine in a couple of weeks the whole place will be a mass of gold and brown.

Silver How behind Grasmere.

I had a couple of choices here, one would have been to take the path you can see which leads along the water edge at Rydal Water or, as I did today, take the higher path by Rydal caves.

Looking back to the place where I took the previous picture.

A close up of Nab Cottage.

The view out of Rydal cave, but what am I doing in here, I should be back out in the sunshine.

Rydal Water.

Rydal Church. Peaceful, quiet and the perfect sun trap for something to eat.

Rydal Water and Loughrigg Fell, taken from the coffin route which I followed back to Grasmere.

Howtop Tarn.

Well that was a lovely walk in an area I never tire of walking. Definitely the perfect autumn day, even if it were a bit early to get the best of the colours.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks