A Round of Rydal Water.

Start. Rydal.

Start. Rydal - Rydal Mount - Coffin Route - White Moss Common - Penny Rock Wood - Grasmere - Loughrigg Tettace - Rydal Cave - Steps End Wood - Rydal.

Notes. I've been out for a ramble today, a friend of mine describes rambling as not braking into a sweat, so I guess today's walk was more of a ramble than a walk, a ramble in rain and shine. A Round of Rydal Water took me above Nab Cottage on the Old Corpse Route to return across the steep slopes of Loughrigg Fell on paths used by the Rydal quarrymen, now ghosts only.

I left the car in the small car park near Pelter Bridge, it was raining as I rambled up the lane, at the first cottage on the left a permissive path leads down to the river, I followed this to cross a fine footbridge followed by the main road opposite the Badger Bar, to the right of the Badger Bar (east) I found the entrance to Dora's Field, I entered to make my way to St Mary's Church, through the church grounds followed by a short ramble up the hill to reach Rydal Mount, home to the Wordsworth family for 46 years. Next to Rydal Mount a finger post directed me along the Corpse Road, I rambled along this ancient route above Rydal Water through woodland and pastures, under the cliffs of Nab Scar en route to White Moss Common. Thousands of people visit White Moss but few venture onto White Moss Common's rocky summit, more fool them the views over the Vale of Grasmere and Rydal Water are well worth the effort. I made my way to the summit where I lingered before descending to the south, passing a disused reservoir before reaching a tarmac lane. I continued down the lane to reach the banks of the River Rothey, ignoring the footbridge into White Moss Woods I then rambled upstream to enter Penny Rock Wood to be met by another footbridge, this deposited me on the shore of Grasmere, this small beach is a great place to picnic in summer. From here I rambled east gaining height with every step on a path that eventually reached the southern edge of Loughrigg Terrace, still heading east I soon reach Rydal Cave, always a place to linger, following the same path it was only a ten minute ramble back to the waiting car.

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St Mary's Church, Rydal.

Rydal Mount home to the Wordsworth family from 1813-1859.

Rambling along the Corpse Road with views across Rydal Water to Loughrigg Fell.

Not a seat but a Coffin Rest.

Seen over White Moss Common, Silver How.

The scene over Rydal Water.

On the rocky summit of White Moss Common with views over the Vale of Grasmere....

....and to Grasmere with Silver How rising behind....

....in the other direction Rydal Water with Wansfell Pike on the skyline....

....north carrying a little snow Seat Sandal....

....and finally Loughrigg Fell to the west.

Rambling along this delightful path through Penny Rock Wood.

Looking to the high skyline above Grasmere, Helm Crag with the dark ridge leading across Gibson Knott to Calf Crag.

Dappled light on the slopes of Silver How.

The stunning view to Dunmail Raise between the ragged heights of Helm Crag and the snow capped summit of Seat Sandal.

The sharp summit of Helm Crag rising above the rocky mound of White Moss Common.

The same view from further along the path, the rainbow was there for ages.

Dwarfed by the landscape, Nab Cottage across Rydal Water.

Looking out from the dark depths of Rydal Cave.

A final view over Rydal Water.

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