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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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  • Lovely walk to the caves and beautiful views. Even the grumpy teenagers enjoyed it. Bit hard to find car park but lots of friendly locals around gave us directions.  more »
  • Walked along the white moss walk to Ambleside via Rydal Water. Was lucky to have wonderful weather. The views along the lake were stunning. Stayed and had a picnic lunch on the waters edge. So tranqui...  more »
  • Walked from Ambleside to Rydal, using the directions from a magazine in our room. We went looking for the cave and found it, although we went a bit wrong when we reached the top of the climb but found...  more »

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Lakeside resorts with views of the town and Lake Windermere sit along the shores. Pubs and shops flank cozy B&Bs and inns in the town's center. The town's historical center is close to the lake and offers transportation to outlying attractions.
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