Rydal Water lies between Ambleside and Grasmere. The second smallest of the lakes, it is 0.75 of a mile in length and width and 55 feet deep.
Small is indeed beautiful and it offers visitors some wonderful walks full of changing views. As you approach the water the vista is classic. The lake stretches ahead, Loughrigg rises up on the west and Rydal Mount and Heron Pike are just across the water.
Parking can be found near Pelter Bridge along the southern shore and is only £7 for the whole day.
When you get to the beginning of the walk, we suggest that you avoid going down to the lake shore, but instead take the higher track above the lake where you will come across two caves. From the caves the track stays above the lake until you come to the northern head of Rydal.
The wonder of nature
You can then veer off and explore Loughrigg and its little tarn, then extend the walk down to Grasmere. Return via the river track, through White Moss and pick up the track again by the lake shore, where you can sit for a while and ponder the wonder of nature.
Stay by the shores of Rydal Water
Fall in love with this small but beautiful lake with a Lake District holiday. Take a look at our Rydal cottages to find your perfect place to stay.