After two fell walks and a day in the pub we needed a lower walk (plus a lie in). I’ve been wanting to add on Rydal Water to my normal Grasmere loop and this was the day. We started out after lunch and after the rain had eased a little. The rain stopped as we booted up and headed for Dove Cottage and then the Coffin Route to Rydal Mount. It was my first walk along this path and its a fine route with just enough elevation to give you a view down to Rydal Water and a cafe at the end and the lovely Rydal Mount itself. We passed the church at Rydal before descending to the lake and walking the lakeside path back towards Grasmere. We detoured off to Rydal Caves, again my first look at these, which seems ridiculous, considering I’ve probably been to the Lakes around 25 or more times. All that was left was a rapid walk back to Grasmere as the rain started again and we raced to beat the growing darkness which was aided by the low clouds and gloomy outlook. At the end we had grab some gingerbread to be eaten during the rest of our stay, before the rain came again on our short walk back to the car. A fabulous way to spend a day without rushing anywhere.
Start – Layby outside Grasmere on A591
Route – Dove Cottage – Coffin Route – Under Nab Scar – Rydal Mount – A591 – Cote How – Rydal Caves – Loughrigg Terrace – Dale End – Grasmere
Distance – 6 miles Start time – 1pm Time taken – 3hrs 20mins Highest Point – No real climbing here