Houses below Silver How in Grasmere copyright Helen Reynolds

Grasmere and Rydal

Grasmere village and Grasmere Water

Nestling at the foot of some spectacular fells and with its own lake, this village has many shops, pubs and cafes. Popular walks include following Red Bank Road and then the footpath along the west shore of the lake towards Rydal Water. With no motor boats, this quieter lake is great for swimming and rowing. In the summer you can hire rowing boats on the lake. You can also visit Wordsworth's grave in the churchyard and buy the legendary Grasmere Gingerbread.

Rydal Water

This small lake often has beautiful reflections to the west of Loughrigg fell. Wordsworth lived in Rydal Mount, open to the public. Dora’s Field, named after Wordsworth's daughter, is next to the church and is covered in daffodils in springtime. On the western side of the lake is a footpath up to Loughrigg Terrace and its huge cave, formed by quarrying. Another of the smaller, quiet lakes that's increasingly popular for wild swimming.

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Walking routes in Grasmere and Rydal

Free guided walks near Grasmere

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Getting to and around Grasmere

Bus service 599 runs between Bowness, Windermere, Rydal and Grasmere, in summer it runs up to every 20 minutes with an open top service. Service 555 runs from Lancaster and Kendal to Keswick via Grasmere and Rydal. You can now cycle or walk on the Grasmere Trail which links Ambleside and Grasmere via the shores of Rydal Water and Grasmere.  For more information and links to timetables see: