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route 45

45 - White Moss Common to Steps End


Route type: For some. This lakeside and woodland walk gives access to the shore of Rydal Water - OS Explorer Map OL7

Distance: 1.5 km / 1 mile one way or 3 km / 2 miles return

Start and end point: White Moss Common car park south of the A591. Dedicated disabled spaces are available - grid ref. NY 351065. Nearest post code for sat nav: LA22 9SE

Turning point: Rydal Water shore, just west of Steps End. Grid ref: NY 358060

Facilities:  Toilets with baby changing facilities 40 metres from car park. Ice cream van across the road (seasonal).

Getting there: Bus: regular 555 and 599 services along the A591 from Ambleside and Keswick.  

Car: A591 for 3.5 km / 2.25 miles north of Ambleside


The route starts at the bottom corner of the car park, beside the White Moss Woods walks information Panel.  From here, follow the wide, smooth stone path and cross a footbridge.

The River Rothay is beautiful here, often sun dappled as the light passes through the trees, and is alive with ducks, dippers and herons. In spring, the woodland is carpeted in bluebells. The steep fell to the north is Nab Scar and Loughrigg Fell rises to the south.

Continue along the path and then cross the White Moss Bridge over the River Rothay. This stunning new metal bridge is now wheelchair and pushchair accessible.  

The improved path winds up through White Moss Common Wood and is steep in places. At a fork near the top take the left path until you reach a gate in a stone wall. Go through the gate, turn left and follow the path downhill. There are three fords across small streams to go through but you should be able to get across these without getting your feet (too) wet! At the lakeshore you’ll pass Jobson’s Close, where a new causeway has been constructed to allow access around a large rock.   Enjoy a picnic by the beautiful Rydal Water and then retrace your steps back to White Moss Common.  

An alternative starting point is Pelter Bridge car park, from where you follow the minor road steeply uphill until you reach a gate. Go through this gate and take the track down to Rydal Water before following the above route in reverse.


White Moss Common to Steps End

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