A planned trip to Ireland was postponed last week meaning that I had two weeks which would mainly be stuck in the office. I was starting to feel stir crazy so on Wednesday I decided to get out. So I took the day off and we drove up to the Lake District for the day. We called into Blackwell to take another look at the current exhibitions and had some dinner. Then in the afternoon we drove along Windermere, past Ambleside and parked up at in the car park at the north end of Rydal Water. It was a misty, cold winter’s day, but the hills looked atmospheric cloaked in the mist, so we wrapped up and set out for an easy walk along Rydal Water and Grasmere.
Wordsworth spent a good part of his life living around here – at Dove Cottage close to Grasmere and in Rydal Mount, overlooking the small lake of Rydal Water. So we can be pretty certain that at least some of our route would have been following in the footsteps of the poet.
We set off through the woods and crossed over the river to take a walk along the west side of Rydal Water. there are two paths, one slightly hgher up the side of the hill, that follow the length of the lake, so by taking the higher one first and then descending to take the lower one along the shore of the lake, we were able to complete a loop that took us back to the woods where we started.
Above the lake, about half way along, we came to this massive cave in the hillside
It’s not natural but a former slate quarry.
There are a few smaller caves lower down
Looking north along the lake
A good location for a place in the country!
Heading down to the Lakeside path we passed this traditional style building (note the round chimney stack) which is now a tearoom – unfortunately it was closed as it was off-season.
Down by the river that runs out of the south end of the lake
An atmospheric view
Remnants of ice at the edge of the lake
Looking back along the lakeside path
Back through the woods
Almost back to our starting point we followed the riverside path towards Grasmere
Grasmere was shrouded in mist
We followed the path along the western shore of the lake
Just over halfway along the path runs out and walkers have to walk along the road to reach Grasmere village. It would have been good to continue and get a brew but it was close to 4 and it would be dark before we cold set back if we’d taken that option. So we turned around and headed back along the lake and river to the car park.
We stopped off in Ambleside on the way back for a coffee to revitalise ourselves before heading home