Grasmere and Rydal Water
29 December 2007
With the weather forecast predicting a low cloud base and rain, a low
level walk seemed in order, and I decided to walk round Grasmere and
Rydal Water. The rain stopped at twelve o'clock and from the free road
parking on the edge of Grasmere we walk out to the main road. With much
of Seat Sandal visible, the cloud base doesn't seem as low as expected.
Walking along the main road, looking back towards Grasmere village and
the central fells beyond
Wet fields show the that the delightful pre-Christmas weather has taken
a turn for the worse. On the right can be seen Helm Crag, with some of
the Easedale fells behind Grasmere village.
When we reached Town End we turned up past Dove Cottage and over the
shoulder of White Moss Common. The logical route would have been to
continue along the bridleway above the woods, but the original plan had
been to start the walk at the White Moss Common car park, a plan foiled
by the excessive coinage demands of the ticket machines there: as a
result, the route plotted on my map took me down to the car park (the
original end point) and up again (from the original start point), and
carelessly I followed that. Never mind, it wasn't a big diversion, and
it did mean that we got to see this pleasant waterfall.
Back on the main route, and a view across Rydal Water to Loughrigg Fell.
About this point the rain started, and continued with some force for the
rest of the walk.
George waits to cross the footbridge across the River Rothay at the foot
of Rydal Water.
Rydal Water in the rain as we prepare to take the southern, lake-shore
path back to Grasmere
Canoeists taking advantage of the force of water following along the
Rothay between Grasmere and Rydal Water.
Approaching Grasmere after a very wet walk along the Rydal Water path.
Grasmere from the lake shore path. The National Trust's permissive path
along Grasmere was much easier underfoot than the Rydal Water path.
Total distance 10.84 km and 332 metres of ascent in 2 hours 35 minutes