5th November 2016

Autumn around Grasmere and Rydal

Time 8:40am to 12:20pm
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent Not much ascent
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere (village) -Grasmere (lake) - Weir - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route to Dove Cottage - 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


Remember, remember the 5th of November - - - well, we'll certainly remember this one. It's been one of the best Autumns for years and as it's in full swing this weekend, it seemed a shame to head up high and miss the show that nature has been good enough to put on for us. When we left home we had a few options on where to walk but a circuit of Grasmere and Rydal won the day. It's not hard to see why.

Helm Crag peeps out above the trees.




Looks like that tree has lost a limb. Now, I can see Great Rigg from here now.

Jennifer heads down to Grasmere.



Lovely isn't it. Silver How on the right, Helm Crag in the centre of the picture and err, , , , part of, , , , Seat Sandal on the right.

Silver How seen from the end of Loughrigg Terrace.

Grasmere is left behind and we now make our way towards Rydal.



Nab Scar on t'other side of Rydal Water.


We're in Rydal now and after passing this cottage, the church and Rydal Hall, we begin the walk along the coffin route to Grasmere.

Zooming in a little bit on Rydal Water.

Dinner with a view.

And to finish, we look across Rydal Water to Loughrigg Fell. Brilliant walk in a beautiful area with the autumn colours topping everything off nicely.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks