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Rydal Water and Grasmere Water walk from Grasmere

Video run time: 25 minutes 18 seconds


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One of the most popular walks in the Lake District! The walk starts from Grasmere and provides a mini Wordsworth tour in the first half of the walk passing by Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. It leaves Grasmere and follows the old 'Coffin route' to Rydal Mount before heading down to Rydal Water itself. The shores of both Rydal Water and then Grasmere water are walked along before heading back in to Grasmere. This low level walk is ideal for bad weather days or good weather days to enjoy the panoramic views. Early morning walks often provide excellent photographic opportunities of both waters when they are more likely to be flat and provide wonderful reflections.

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Parking: Stock Lane Car Park (grid reference NY 339 072) - large pay and display car park in Grasmere. Other parking is available in Grasmere.
Directions: Google Maps: get directions here / What3words: hamsters.thinks.increment
Walk distance: 5.5 miles (8.8 Km)
Estimated walk time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Height climbed: 290 metres
Grade: 2-B: A medium length walk that requires modest uphill walking
Peaks / summits: None of note
Wainwrights: None
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL7 (The English Lakes - South-eastern Area)
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Walk features: Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Hills or Fells, Lakes, Pubs, Stream or River, Views, Wildlife
Facilities / refreshments: Many pubs and cafes in Grasmere. 2 tearooms and a pub about half way around the walk
Nearest town: Walk starts in Grasmere
Local accommodation: View accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages or from
Walk Tags: Video walk, Videowalks, Lake District, Cumbria, Grasmere, Town End, Dove Cottage, Wordsworth, William Wordsworth, Rydal Water, Rydal Mount, Rydal Hall, Little Isle, Heron Island, Loughrigg, Loughrigg Terrace, Loughrigg Fell, Redbank Wood, St Oswald's Church, Grasmere Gingerbread, Wainwright, Coffin Route
Video run time: 25 minutes 18 seconds


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Downloads are available in different resolutions for your PC, SmartPhone and other mobile devices and are provided in mp4 format for maximum compapability with a wmv version also available. You also receive a PDF document with the walk details and an Ordnance Survey map extract that you can print out or view on your mobile device. Watch the video on your PC or burn to a CD or DVD to watch on your TV to see in detail the walk before you set off.

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