Rydal Water

Location : Rydal Village

Grid Ref : NY 355062

 

Rydal Water. Photo by Dave Brown

See walk : A Rydal Water & Grasmere wander..

 

Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes at 3/4 mile long, 1/4 mile wide and with a depth of 55 feet, but it is very popular partly because of its Wordsworth connections. Steps lead up from the western end of the lake to ‘Wordsworth’s Seat’ – reputedly the poet’s favourite viewpoint.
 
Overlooking the lake is Nab Cottage, once home to Thomas Quincey and Hartley Coleridge, the son of Samual Taylor Coleridge.

 

Rydal Cave

There is a pleasant walk round Rydal Water which can also include Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, two of Wordsworth‘s homes, and which also passes Rydal Cave – a large cavern in the hill above the lake.

 

Loughrigg and Rydal Water from the slopes of Nab Scar. Photo by Ann Bowker.

See walk A Rydal Water & Grasmere circuit..
 
Part of the lake is owned by the National Trust.
 


 
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