Rydal

 

 

For the novice walker last week’s suggestion to climb a 3000ft Lakeland mountain was perhaps unrealistic so here is a route in the Lakes that is easy to follow and provides a natural refreshment stop half way around. Whether you decide to go high or low the important thing is to walk. Walking makes people healthier and happier. That is why “to walk more in 2017” would be a very good New Year’s resolution. 

Start. Peter Bridge car park LA22 9LW

 

 

Distance: 5 ½ miles 10k

Time: 2½ - 3½ hours
 

Grade: Moderate

Map: OS OL7 The English Lakes South eastern area

 

 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions:

1. From the parking area turn left on the lane leading slightly uphill

 

passing the entrance to Cote How on the right. Keep on the lane which downgrades to a track

 

after a gate and then soon reaches a sublime view over Rydal Water with a handy bench on which to admire it from.

 

Back on track continue a gradual climb

 

that brings you to old quarry workings and caves the upper being the most accessible and impressive.

 

After viewing this back on track

 

continue with views of Rydal to the right dipping towards White Moss the wooded area between Rydal water and Grasmere and then following Loughrigg Terrace

 

with yet another sublime view.

 

(Except in mist, low cloud, rain etc!)For the adventurous and energetic a detour to the top of Loughrigg is well worth it for more - well sublime views. The path to the top is located just before the woods at Red bank. This will add a mile to the total distance with 500ft of ascent. For those satisfied with the sublimity they have had so far go through a metal gate

 

and then turn right into Deerbolt Woods.

 

After a quarter of a mile this joins the lane

 

coming down from Red Bank. There now follows a mile of road walking along this quiet lane. This will take you into Grasmere Village.

2. Last winter was a trying time for this usually thriving village. Storm Desmond had come through on the night of 5th December. In a few hours record amounts of rainfall fell on Cumbria sweeping away bridges and causing extensive damage to roads. A few miles north of Grasmere the A591 the main artery of the Lake District was rendered impassable and took several months to repair. For a village that relies on tourism to help its small businesses the fall in visitor numbers was a worry. Fortunately with the road restored people have needed little excuse to return to this part of the Lake District. Of course you can do your bit to help the local economy by having your lunch or high tea in one of the many hostelries around the village. Back on route go right as you reach the village centre,

 

pass the church

 

and follow the road (B5287) as it takes you to the aforementioned A591 and Town End. Cross the road passing the Wordsworth Trust Museum

 

and then Dove Cottage on your left. Dove Cottage

 

was once the home of England's most famous poet William Wordsworth known for his celebration of sublime views! The next part of the walk takes you from Wordsworth's home at Dove Cottage to his other home at Rydal Mount. Keep on the lane as it leaves the village. At the first junction turn left to climb in the direction of "No through road".

 

After a further 500yds turn right at a junction onto the Coffin Route.

 

Coffin routes are found in many places in the Lake District and came from the time when small communities without consecrated ground had to transport their dead to the nearest church. This one could well have been used for the last journey taken by William Wordsworth himself since he lived at Rydal when he died but is buried in St Oswald's Grasmere. Despite its grim name a more attractive footpath would be hard to find.

 

Keep on it above White Moss Common as it undulates alongside the flank of Nab Scar

 

sometimes screened by trees

 

and sometimes in the open

 

with more subl…you get the idea. A mile and a bit after joining the route arrive in Rydal close to Rydal Mount.

 

Turn right when you reach the lane and follow it downhill to the A591. Turn left when you reach it and then right over Pelter Bridge

 

for the car park.