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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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  • This walk can vary for ability. There are low and high walks and the views are beautiful from every angle. Many places to sit on benches and relax. Few cyclists too. The caves are a must they are beau...  more »
  • we visited here on a sunny April day. have been here for a walk around the lake many a time. more recently we tend not to do the final stretch on the roadside and instead walk back on ourselves. there...  more »
  • Parked at White Moss car park- cost £4.40 for time we needed. Plenty walking routes to choose from either up to Loughrigg Fell, along to Grassmere, along the side of Rydal Water, up to Rydal Caves. Pi...  more »