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Rydal Water, Windermere
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Rydal Water is a small body of water in the central part of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. It is located near the hamlet of Rydal, between Grasmere and Ambleside in the Rothay Valley.The lake is 1290yd (1.18 km) long and varies in width up to a maximum of 380yd (350m), covering an area of 0.12 mi² (0.31 km²). It has a maximum depth of 65 ft (17m) and an elevation above sea level of 177 ft (54m). The lake is both supplied and drained by the river Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards Windermere downstream.The waters of the southern half of the lake are leased by the Lowther Estate to the National Trust, whilst those of the northern half belong to the estate of Rydal Hall. Navigation is prohibited, except for residents of Rydal Hall.Numerous walks are possible in the surrounding hills, as well as a walk around the lake itself, which takes in Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both homes to William Wordsworth, and Rydal Cave, a former quarry working. 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.
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  • We parked at White Moss Car Park back in April 2016, paid for 2 hours but unfortunately there was a difference in time on the parking machine clock and my watch and clock in my vehicle (5 Minutes) aft...  more »
  • Pleasant place, but do not use either of the White Moss Car Parks. Both car parks at White Moss are administered by an outfit called Park With Ease. We were travelling south on the A591. I was getting...  more »
  • This is not as scenic as its neighbour, Grasmere, but it's still a nice spot. Watch out for the cave which is a great place to explore.