Grasmere Lake
Ambleside, Central Lakes

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Grasmere spillway
Grasmere Lake

Centrally located, Grasmere Lake is one of the Lake Districts most popular tourist attractions, and is one mile long, half a mile wide and 75 feet deep it is connected to Rydal Water by the River Rothay.

Grasmere Lake is located in the centre of the Lake District and it is one of the most popular tourist locations with in the Lake District. The lake is set amongst a back drop of stunning scenery, and claims to be one of the most visited of all the lakes. William Wordsworth described the lake as 'one of the loveliest spots that man has ever found'.

There are several gentle walks around the lake for those who prefer lower ground, or if your prefer a challenge the peaks of Scafell Pikes, Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Langdale Pikes are all easily accessed from Grasmere's central location.

Helm Cragg which is 1,299 feet high offers a scenic walk from the lake side. Another popular choice is Loughrigg Fell which stands at the end of the long ridge which comes down from High Rise and then over Silver How towards Ambleside, with amazing views over Grasmere Lake.

There is a small wooded island in the lake which William Wordsworth liked to visit by boat, today the island is privately owned.

Rowing boats and canoes can be hired from the lakeside during the summer.

The village of Grasmere lies to the north of the lake. A small rocky hill of Helm Crag overlooks Grasmere village, it is also known as the 'Lion and the Lamb' due to the shape of the rocks on its summit.