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Friday 7th September 2001

Weather: Mainly cloudy, odd brighter spells

The Lake District

A walk around Rydal Water

( 5 miles )


Another easy, but lovely walk in the Lake District . . .

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This wonderful walk begins at the White Moss Common car park, next to the road between Grasmere and Rydal
- carefully cross the busy road and follow the path towards the river, bearing right, ignoring the first wooden footbridge

 

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Go through a gate (above left) and then another, before entering delightful woodland - then cross the next footbridge . . .

 

. . . but before going up the steps on the opposite side of the river,
it's worth a short stroll to the right to enjoy this view of Grasmere from its outflow

 

At the top of the steps, turn left and follow a clear track that forms the lower part of Loughrigg Terrace
- on reaching this old ruined barn, you're rewarded with the first tantalising views of Rydal Water

 

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Cross a stream (almost dry the day we were there) via stepping stones and continue ahead and down towards the lake

 

The views here leave you in no doubt why the poet William Wordsworth was so inspired by the beauty of Rydal Water

 

William and his family would often picnic on one of the islands in the middle of the lake

 

As the track leads us nearer to the shore we get a good view of Nab Scar opposite
- in about half an hour's time, we'll be walking in the opposite direction on the hillside below the Nab

 

On a warmer day, this is probably a nice place to take off your boots and socks, and cool down your feet

 

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At a stone wall that reaches the water's edge, we enter some more woodland, emerging via an old metal kissing-gate . . .

 

. . . and just after, enjoy a lovely view across lily pads back over Rydal Water

 

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Shortly afterwards, we cross another wooden footbridge spanning the Rothay, soon to reach the village of Rydal

 

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St Mary's Church was built during the reign of George IV - apparently, William Wordsworth helped to choose the site,
but it seems he was not too impressed by the finished product - well, it looked OK to me

 

Climbing the road up past the church, we arrive at Rydal Mount, the house where Wordsworth lived from 1813 - 1850

 

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Just above Rydal Mount, turn left along a bridleway and follow it for the next 2 miles along the slopes below Nab Scar
- the track is the old road between Rydal and Grasmere and at one time served as a 'corpse road',
along which coffins were carried in the days before Rydal Church was built

From near Rydal Mount, a Border Collie, (photo above right), befriended us all the way back to where we were parked
- we couldn't have possibly left it there near a busy main road, so Jean settled with it on her knee in the back of the car
whilst I drove back to where we first came across it.
Fortunately, we managed to locate the owner - we never did find out its name but it was a lovely, friendly dog

 

Continuing on, as from on the south side, we enjoyed lovely views of Rydal Water from the north path . . .

 

. . . there's no wonder that Wordsworth and his family loved this place

My only regret is that we didn't enjoy better weather - blue skies and autumn colours would have been perfect

 

After following the path steeply downhill, we emerge at the beautifully situated 'Coach House'
from where we soon arrive back at the White Cross Common car park

 

It's only a short drive to Grasmere to visit the resting place of the Wordsworth family
in the peaceful grounds of
St Oswald's Church

 


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