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rydal water

Lake District Attractions Rydal Water

Rydal Water is a small lake in the central region of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. As it is less than a mile long, it is probably best described as a tarn. It is a quarter of a mile in width and 55 feet in depth.

Home to William Wordsworth for 37 years

It is located near the hamlet of Rydal, between Grasmere and Ambleside in the Rothay Valley. Rydal was home to William Wordsworth for 37 years. Dove Cottage was one of his homes there. Rydal Mount was the other. Nab Cottage overlooks the lake and it was once home to Thomas de Quincey and Hartley Coleridge, the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Close by is the historic Rydal Hall.

rydal by the water

Numerous walks on the hills and fells

Rydal Water is surrounded by numerous walks on the hills and fells, as well as a walk around the tarn itself, which takes in Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount and Rydal Cave. At the western end of the lake, steps lead to Wordsworth's Seat, which is considered to have been Wordsworth's favourite viewpoint in the Lake District.

Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes

Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes at 3/4 mile long, 1/4 mile wide and with a depth of 55 feet, but it is very popular partly because of its Wordsworth connections. Steps lead up from the western end of the lake to 'Wordsworth's Seat' - reputedly the poet's favourite viewpoint.

There is a pleasant walk round Rydal Water which can also include Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, two of Wordsworth's homes, and which also passes Rydal Cave a large cavern in the hill above the lake.

Rydal Water is located in the heart of the Lake District and is connected to the larger lake of Grasmere to the west by the Rover Rothay. A dramatic view of the lake can be gained from "Wordsworth's Seat", a natural outcrop on the west end of the lake believed to have been one of the poet's favourite places in the Lake District.

Its a great place for a mountain bike and camping too. Like Grasmere, Rydal Water is a small glacial lake, and at under a mile long and only 50ft deep in parts is one of the regions smallest. The small islands were formed from glacial deposits and are known as drumlins. The fells in this area were extensively mined and evidence of some of the stone quarries can still be seen near here.

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