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Rydal Water.

May 25, 2010

Every evening for the last few weeks when I drive home from Grasmere to Ambleside I look at Rydal Water and see a swan in exactly the same place on the lake, unfortunately just where there is nowhere to pull over and park.

Rydal, Nr. Ambleside.

I had dashed home ,changed and approached from Pelter Bridge one time and had missed the elusive swan, so this time I got changed at work and planned a different approach. Drove along the A591 and there the swan was in exactly the same place again. You can park along the side of Rydal Church for a donation and it is usually empty at night so I pulled in there.

St. Mary’s Church at Rydal is well worth a visit. Built by Lady Le Fleming and frequented by William Wordsworth, and built on rocky ground beneath Nab Scar.

St Mary's Church Rydal.

Situated next to the church is the Rash Field. Now more commonly known as Dora’s Field as this is where Wordsworth planted hundreds of daffodils in memory of his daughter Dora.

Opposite this on the other side of the wall is a gap that leads down to a little bridge and a path that takes you to the lake. Look to the left and you will see Cote How Organic guest house. Dating back to the 16th Century and serving Vegetarian and Vegan breakfasts it comes highly recommended.

Tree, Rydal Water.

I headed to the inlet that I had seen the swan at but it had done a dissapearing act again. So I wandered in and out of the little inlets looking for it.

Boat House, Rydal Water.

It was a beautiful warm evening after a lovely sunny day and it was really pleasant just wandering along the banks. Dorothy Wordsworth described Rydal Water as “a place made for all kinds of beautiful works of art and nature, minature mountains, alps above alps”.

Bluebells, Rydal Water.

Rydal Water was once known as Rothaymere as it is the river Rothay that flows into it. It is not a particularly large lake at 3/4 mile long and 1/4 mile wide. Depth is about 55 feet normally, but with the drought we have been having is probably lower than that at the moment.

Rydal Water

Decided to take a higher view of the Lake, still looking for the elusive swan. Considering the beautiful day it had been, I was surprised not to see a soul all the time I was out.

Rydal Reflections.

The Rhodedendrons are out at the moment and the colours were reflected in the lake.

Wildflowers Rydal.

I retraced my steps back to where I started. Still no swan, but I’ll bet it’s sitting there mocking me yet again tomorrow.

Back through the gap in the wall and to the left is the Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar. The beer garden is situated on the main road but is actually very pleasant to sit at with a good selection of real ale. Inside is interesting a real traditional pub and especially nice to visit in the winter when the fire is going.

From → Lake District, Rydal

  1. Sounds and looks a lovely walk – and topped off with a super pub! One to surely bookmark for my next Lakes visit 🙂

  2. Love your posts Chris- personal, informative & inspiring. Rydal is one of my absolute favourite places in the Lakes. Easy to get to and yet a feeling of being in the heart of it all 🙂

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