|Name of walk||Grasmere and Rydal Water with Ness|
|Date of walk||2014-08-08|
|Distance walked (miles)||8|
|Duration of walk||5 hours 0 minutes|
|Weather||Warm and still|
|Peaks on walk||None|
My sister, Ness was up to stay for a few days. So I chose an easy, gentle walk for her to do. There are not many walks simpler than the walk around Rydal Water and Grasmere, with the added benefit of coffee and cake, and shopping, at the half way point. Plus coffee at Rydal Hall at the end as a reward for all the exercise! The walk is about six and a half miles. I parked on the lane beside Rydal Hall next to the church. We were early in order to guarantee a parking place and were off walking by 8am. There was a weather warning for Cumbria, as it was due to rain heavily in the afternoon. Hopefully we would be on our way home by then.
Ness on the bridge.
Rydal Water from the start of the route up to Rydal Cave.
Looking over to Nab Scar.
The entrance to Rydal cave. You have to go via the stepping stones through the water. There are loads of fish in the water.
View back out.
It is vast!
The walk back out.
Good reflections today as the air is still.
The lower path to Grasmere. We keep to the higher one until we are near the bridge and weir.
View from the shore.
Looking towards Dunmail Raise.
The new Daffodil Hotel in the distance.
View from the boat house.
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
We have coffee and cake at one of the many eateries in Grasmere. We get chatting to a lady called Iwona, who lives in London but was originally from Poland, and was looking for some advice on where would be best to walk in the time she had available. I said Helm Crag, so I hope she had a good day! Iwona is a violinist with The London Sinfonia and teaches at The Guildhall School of Music. She has a website too. I will add it at the end of this post. (For some reason WordPress won't let me hyperlink in the main text body)
We visit St. Oswald's Church and the grave of William Wordsworth.
So good they gave him two gravestones!
On the gate at Dove Cottage. (Former house of William Wordsworth.)
Ness is amused that the route we are taking back to Rydal is called The Coffin Route. She thinks that if there is any more up she will need it!
The Coffin Route is high up above the traffic, with occasional views down to the lakes.
View back across Rydal Water towards Rydal Cave.
A money tree on the route. You never have a pair of pliers handy where you need them!
Rydal Mount, another former home of William Wordsworth.
We head to the cafe at Rydal Hall and have a gingerbread flavoured coffee. Then do a quick tour of the grounds. The view from the bridge next to the cafe.
View from the far bridge down to The Grot.
To get to The Grot you walk through the Quiet Garden.
The Grot was built to view the waterfall in comfort.
The angel........and some old bit of sculpture.
The impressive steps up to the gardens of Rydal Hall.
Rydal Hall is owned by the Diocese of Carlisle.
An excellent place to visit, I always enjoy a tour of the grounds. One day I will venture inside.
Looking in all the shops and galleries in Grasmere, and walking in the grounds of Rydal Hall increased the walk distance to over eight miles. It started to rain on the way home, but had cleared up again in a very short time. By the time we hit the Coast Road it was sunny again. We stopped at the very famous and excellent, Roy’s Ice Cream Van, in a lay-by at Bardsea. I had a twin cone of Liquorish and Blackcurrant and Banana ice cream and Ness had Liquorish and Blackcurrant with coffee ice cream. We had earned it!
Iwona’s website is iwonaboesche.co.uk