Distance: 5 ½ miles 10k
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.
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.