Rydal Water
Ambleside, Central Lakes

Details for Rydal Water

View of beautiful Rydal Water
Rydal Water in summer

Located in the heart of the lake District, Rydal Water is a small lake less than a mile long, 55 ft deep and a quarter of a mile wide. Rydal Water once home to William Wordsworth is located between Ambleside and Grassmere in the Central Lake District region.

Rydal Water is located between Ambleside and Grasmere near to the hamlet of Rydal in the Rothay Valley. William Wordsworth lived in Rydal for 37 years and Dove Cottage was one of his homes whilst living there.

Nab Cottage which overlooks the Rydal Lake was once home to Thomas de Quincey. The historic Rydal Hall is also located close by.

There are a number of walks around the fells and hills surrounding Rydal Water including a circular walk around the lake itself, there is also one which takes you to Rydal Cave. To the west of the lake, there are steps which lead to Wordsworth Seat, which Wordsworth considered to be his favourite view point in the Lake District