Nestling at the foot of some spectacular fells and with its own lake, this village has many shops, pubs and cafes. You can also visit Wordsworth's grave in the churchyard and buy the legendary Grasmere Gingerbread.
Popular walks include following Red Bank Road and then the footpath along the west shore of the lake towards Rydal Water.
In the summer you can hire rowing boats on the lake.
Learn about England's poet laureate at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.More on Wordsworth Trust and book
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.
Visit Wordsworth's best loved family home, where he wrote many of his famous poems.More on Rydal Mount and book
Swimmers may be able to see boaters but boaters may not be able to see swimmers!
Take a look at the photos below. If you were steering a boat, which swimmer is easier to spot?
Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia
Other people use the lakes too! Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater are busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.
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 our travel and transport pages.
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