4.4 of 5 (8 votes)

Rydal Water and Grasmere

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Lake District starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 10.80km (6.71 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 433m (1420ft)
Descent 414m (1358ft)
Max. Elevation 400m (1312ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 847m (2778ft)
Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, England
Distance 10.80km
Duration ~4:15h
4Created by timmy on 21 Mar 2012
This walk is all about the views. Two of the Lakes' most scenic water bodies lie between Ambleside and Grasmere, and this route provides you with the perfect way to see them - Loughrigg Terrace, which skirts just above both Grasmere and Rydal Water. A trip to the top of Lang How provides a bit of exercise before you finish in Grasmere village.

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Ambleside, in the centre of the Lakes, is a well-loved town. Head along Compston Road to pick up the track to Loughrigg Fell.
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Cross the river and the road just behind it. The footpath leads to Brow Head Farm and then on to the fell.
About 0.40 km (~0.25 miles) from
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At Ivy Crag, you have the option of a trip to the summit - worth it for views over Grasmere.
About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Beautiful views of Rydal Water as you drop over the northern side of the fell.
About 1.27 km (~0.79 miles) from
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Follow the path around to Loughrigg Terrace, one of the greatest little stretches of footpath in the Lakes! There are wonderful views across Grasmere.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
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At the end of the terrace, drop into High Close and look for the footpath up to Dow Bank.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
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Over Dow Bank and on to Silver How.
About 1.93 km (~1.2 miles) from
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Pass two small ponds near the summit and up to the summit of Lang How.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
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A path leads almost directly from the summit down to Grasmere.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
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Finish in Grasmere village for a pint in the pub. Don't pop back to Grasmere; you have had the best views already so enjoy the memory as you sup!
About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from

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