Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere

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
No. 293074
A Lakes walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 25/06/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 8.65km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 193m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 192m
Highest point Highest point : 167m
Lowest point Lowest point : 60m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Lakes
Starting point Starting point : N 54.456356° / W 3.020787°
Download : -
View of Grasmere Grasmere

Description

(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 : km 0 - alt. 68m - Start: Grasmere pay and display car park - Grasmere
1 : km 3.22 - alt. 66m - Rydal
2 : km 5.08 - alt. 97m - Turn left along Loughrigg Terrace
D/A : km 8.65 - alt. 67m - 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.

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

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.42/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.25/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Mon 02 Sep 2019 19:21:19 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/09/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk. Can also be accessed from the car park by Rydal water by crossing the road and climbing the well marked path.
Note that from the Ambleside car park you walk along the road for 10 minutes before you cross over at the roundabout to Dove Cottage. Then at the top of the lane bare left and look for the sign to the Coffin way to Rydal.


Walker
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


Walker
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.


Walker
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.

Other walks in the area

Circular walk from Helm Crag to Calf Crag and Easedale
distance 12.3km Vertical gain +497m Vertical drop -497m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A nice walk taking in the ever popular Lion and Lamb rock formation at Helm Crag before following the ridge walk with great views to the head of Easedale and then descending more gentle down the lovely valley, passing some waterfalls.

distance 18.46km Vertical gain +873m Vertical drop -784m Durée 7h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns and 1 pub

distance 22.44km Vertical gain +1120m Vertical drop -1121m Durée 9h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This variation of the Fairfield Horseshoe starts from High Close on the western edge of Loughrigg Fell. The route follows a clockwise direction offering a different perspective to the normal horseshoe route.

distance 15.11km Vertical gain +308m Vertical drop -406m Durée 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 1 Wainwright, 1 tarn and 1 pub.

YHA hopping in The Lake District - YHA Langdale to YHA Black Sail
distance 21.33km Vertical gain +1422m Vertical drop -1314m Durée 10h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 8 Wainwrights and 3 tarns.

distance 8.51km Vertical gain +184m Vertical drop -183m Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

In contrast to the great lakes of the Lake District, here are three small lakes that lay south of Elterwater village.

distance 10.42km Vertical gain +189m Vertical drop -187m Durée 3h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a low level lakeland walk suitable for a short day. It takes in Elter Water, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force waterfalls before heading through farmland to the impressive Cathedral Quarry. The return leg passes a good pub which serves food and then through the working slate quarry above Chapel Stile.

distance 12.07km Vertical gain +471m Vertical drop -470m Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A circular walk from Chapel Stile along the Great Langdale valley to the New Dungeon Gill Hotel. Then an ascent along the pleasant Stickle Gill to Stickle tarn followed by the ascent to Blea Rigg and a return to Chapel Stile along the ridge.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.