Postcard from the Lake District

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Rydal Water

There is only one lake in the Lake District, not everyone knows that.

As part of the ongoing 40 things to do when you’ve been married for forty years we took the opportunity of a fine autumn day to visit Rydal Water. Rydal is a smallish “lake” nestling between Grasmere and Ambleside. It is a lovely place and offers a couple of walks around its shore. The one we chose gives a view of the water for about 80% of the time.

If you want to visit this little gem of a place the best way is to park at White Moss Quarry (To be paid for) and cross the road from the car park to take a descending path to the banks of the River Rothay. Choices here, cross the footbridge over the river and either turn right to do the circular route around Grasmere, taking in the village and the ginger bread shop or turn left and walk around Rydal.

The lower walk is about 4 miles in total and is relatively easy going on an undulating path. Lots of walkers were about on Sunday including some Americans, Japanese and Chinese. 99.9% of walkers always seem to acknowledge each other, which adds to the pleasure, at least for me.

We stopped to eat a sandwich on a small beach area, 3 swimmers were in the lake and a couple of cormorants were sunning themselves on a rock towards the middle of the lake. Herdwick sheep always seem to me to have a smile on their faces for some reason. Maybe they know something we don’t.

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After we’d eaten we continued on our way, crossing the Rothay again, and the road before walking up past Rydal Church and Rydal mount, a house that was once occupied by William Wordsworth.

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Photography as Art

The second half of the walk is a little more challenging as there are one or two steepish ascents and descents, but nothing to worry about for reasonably fit people. Along this path can be seen the remains of the original Thirlmere aqueduct. Interesting enough if you like that sort of thing.

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The River Rothay

The final stage of the walk takes you above the lake and then down a steep path back to the car park. There is a lovely little waterfall, just at the end of the walk, but the pictures of it turned out very poorly. I did take a picture of a bramble flower though, which is my favourite of the day.

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I am inordinately lucky to be able to live in one of the most beautiful, serene and un-enriched parts of Britain. If ever you get up this way give me a nod, a pint is always welcome and, if you get the chance and the weather is amenable don’t miss this excellent little walk. It took years off me; I hope it can do the same for you.

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