Grasmere lies just north of Rydal Water, the two connected by the river that flows from its the southern reach, and is the third smallest of the true lakes, weighing in at one mile long, half a mile wide and 75 feet deep. Of all the lakes it is indeed one of the prettiest, with fell rising up all around, embodying every bodies idea of what a lake should look like. The mere was much loved by William Wordsworth who, with his sister Dorothy, would row to the pretty central island to picnic. On the island is a small stone barn, once used to shelter sheep which were transported across the water in flat bottomed boats.
You can walk right around the lake, but most of the eastern side is on the busy A591. A good starting point is White Moss, where you follow the river upstream until you reach the weir and the foot of the lake. There are some very nice woodlands to explore and the flat beach is perfect for picnics and a paddle. For a longer day out you can easily combine Grasmere with Rydal Water, some wood land trails and a scramble up Loughrigg for stunning views. From Grasmere village follow the signs to the lake shore, where at ‘Farey Land’ you can, I believe, hire rowing boats and scull off to the island where the view is inspiring and a champagne picnic tastes perfect, making for a most romantic little adventure.
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