Rydal Water

Rydal Water is a small lake located in the central region of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. As it is less than a mile long, it is probably better described as a tarn. It is a quarter of a mile in width and approximately 55 feet in depth.

It is found near the hamlet of Rydal, between Grasmere and Ambleside in the Rothay Valley. Rydal was the home of William Wordsworth for 37 years. Dove Cottage is known as one of his homes there. Rydal Mount was another. Nab Cottage overlooks the lake and was once home to Thomas de Quincey and Hartley Coleridge, the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Nearby is historic Rydal Hall.

Rydal Water is surrounded by countless walks on the hills and fells, as well as a walk around the tarn itself, which takes in Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount and Rydal Cave. At the west end of the lake, steps lead to Wordsworth’s Seat, which is thought to have been Wordsworth’s favourite viewpoint in the Lake District.

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