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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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  • Rydal Water is set in stunning countryside and a good place to visit for a walk and some fresh air. There is an easy walk around the lake which should be acheivable for any age group with a reasonable...  more »
  • White Moss Car Park ticket machine does not work and you will get a fine even if you try to pay. The company that issue them Park With Ease are terrible to work with. It really leaves a bitter taste. ...  more »
  • I, like a lot of other people, love the Lake District for the high level walks. However sometimes you just want to plod round at low level, mainly because your legs are aching or the weather is rubbis...  more »