Rydal Water walk from Ambleside

Rydal Water is a beautiful lake near Ambleside. You can reach it walking directly on the road to
Grasmere. This is the quickest way but there is a much nicer route. After passing the stone bridge above Rothay river (Ambleside Rothay park), instead of going up to Loughrigg Fell, turn right and follow the road Under Loughrigg. You will walk on an asphalt alley by the river, passing traditional slate cottages surrounded by beautiful woods and pastures. After approximately 30 min you will see the main road towards Grasmere, but just before the bridge, turn left and go by the car park and up the hill.  After a few picturesque cottages and gorgeous Lakes scenery you will see the breathtaking Rydal Water in front of you. This is a popular route for mountain biking and if you are on your bike, you would probably like going around the lake and continue to Grasmere lake.

What we like to do, is having a few minutes rest near the lake and then, following the path round the lake shore,

we go back to the main road and have
some food and a pint of local ale in the
 famous Badger's Bar across the road.

Just next to the bar, you will see William Wordsworth's first family home and museum Dove Cottage,

Rydal's St Mary's Church and the historical Rydal Hall further up the road. Going through Rydal Hall's beautiful gardens you will reach a footpath that will take you back to Ambleside through the fields.

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