Loughrigg Terrace.

Start. Rydal.

Route. Rydal - Steps End Wood - Rydal Cave - Loughrigg Terrace - Deer Bolt Wood - Grasmere - White Moss Wood - Rydal Water - Steps End Wood - Rydal.

Notes. A perfect introduction to the Lake District, an ideal walk for grandparents and grandchildren, lake shore paths, marvelous views over the vale of Grasmere, a slice of river bank rambling and woodland wandering. The paths were quiet today, the weather gods saw to that, but lets not let a dusting of the white stuff put us off.

My day started in Rydal, to be more precise St Mary's Church, the lord caters for the walker with cheap parking, cheaper still if you're not honest, I slipped the appropriate fee in the box before heading to the shores of Rydal Water. Facing the Badger Bar a gap in the wall allows access to a path leading over a fine foot-bridge spanning the River Rothay, I followed said path and crossed, a short walk followed through ancient woodland guarding the shore of Rydal Water, on exiting the woods I ascended to a slightly higher path. Once echoing to the hob nail boots of the quarry men this popular trod now accommodates the soft soles of many pairs of walking boots, it was to carry me passed Rydal Caves then on to enjoy the staggering views from Loughrigg Terrace, or not as the case may be.

It had been snowing since I set out, I traversed Loughrigg Terrace in an absolute blizzard, head down snow stinging my eyes, Deer Bolt Wood was a most welcome sight, I entered to start the descent to the lake shore (Grasmere). With the weather at my back and good paths under foot I let the River Rothay escort me to White Moss Wood, I continued, the river as my guide, on reaching a fine foot-bridge I swung right, a short ascent on a good path followed before reaching the intake wall, I passed through the gate, turned left and let the dry stone wall usher me to the shores of Rydal Water. The path that guided me now cut along the edge of the lake, I was soon re-tracing my steps through ancient oak woods via the Badger Bar back to the patiently waiting car.

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The path through Steps End with the River Rothay visible through the trees.

One of many fine views to be had on this route across the lower slopes of Loughrigg, Nab Scar across Rydal Water.

Rydal Water with Silver How on the far horizon.

Looking over the lower slopes of Nab Scar to the shapely summits of Low and High Pikes.

White Moss Common backed by a sunlit Tarn Crag.

Striding out along Loughrigg Terrace, viewing Silver How fast disappearing behind a curtain of snow bearing cloud.

Seen from the edge of Deer Bolt Wood the outflow of Grasmere.

The track through Deer Bolt Wood.

The weathers at my back and there's a lot of it, viewing Penny Rock Wood along the shore of Grasmere.

Not such a good view over Grasmere, you should be able to see, Fairfield, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur, but you can't so we'll have to come back another day.

Slip sliding my way along the banks of the River Rothay.

White Moss Wood.

Ahead is Rydal Water, my route follows the dry stone wall, it's still snowing but at least it's at my back.

Rydal Water through heavy weather.

It's gone awfully quiet on the valley road, the song of traffic that's accompanied much of this walk has fell silent, leaving me wondering if the road is still open, I may have to spend the night in this wonderful valley, every cloud has a silver lining particularly snow clouds.

Almost at the lake shore.

Looking south over Rydal Water.

Steps End Wood, shelter from the snow.

The Church of St Mary as seen from Dora's Field. The field was purchased by William Wordsworth to build a house, his daughter Dora died in 1847, Wordsworth his wife, sister and gardner planted hundreds of daffodils in her memory, the house was never built but Dora's Field is a delight to behold in spring.

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