From Elder Grove Rydal is approx 2 miles to the north, this small hamlet is easy to walk to and offers an interesting day for the walker you can take the lane ‘under Loughrigg’ to Pelta bridge, and onto Rydal water and Rydal caves the footpath continues along the lake shore or the fell side and takes you on into Grasmere. Rydal is also famous for being the home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850, many of his poems were written here and theRydal Mount (the house) and gardens are open to visitors. Through the church yard at Rydal you come to Dora’s field and see of wild Daffodils in the spring time and a pocket of ancient woodland garden through the rest of the year. Rydall Hall is the large house which dominates the valley and is owned by the dioceses of Carlisle, visitors are welcome to walk around the gardens which have recently been restored, there is also a tea shop which makes a great place to stop and relax during your day.
Moving on from Rydal Grasmere lies a further 2 miles along the main road, Grasmere’s most famous resident was William Wordsworth, with his former home (dove cottage) open to the public and extensive museum and exhibition center are at the junction with the main road and village road and offer a really interesting cultural experience. Head into the village center and enjoy a cornucopia of shops, cafes and restaurants, stop at the Jumble room for sticky Grasmere gingerbread, the attic for some quirky gifts, plenty of outdoor gear shops and not forgetting Sarah Nelsons Gingerbread shop. St Oswald church is worth a visit, and the Wordsworth’s graves are in the churchyard.
Grasmere lake is just a short stroll from the village center and from the quite road you can follow the path along the lake shore, it meanders it way to the river Rothay with a bridge crossing into white moss common, turn around and admire the fantastic view across the lake and the rising mountains. From this point walkers and continue along the western side of the river and join the paths along Rydal Water, or cross the bridge into White Moss Common.