With two bridges over the linking section of river, it’s possible to walk a circuit of each of the lakes by itself. Alternatively, the route around the two together is only a little over five miles and makes for a great outing. Among the many highlights along the way are Loughrigg Terrace, a level path that traverses the lower slopes of Loughrigg Fell, providing beautiful views of Grasmere below. In spring, the slopes here are covered with bluebells. Above the southern shore of Rydal Water are the Rydal Caves, a series of caverns quarried out of the hillside for their slate. Stepping stones cross the pool at the mouth of the most easily accessible cave.
Those circuiting the two lakes together often opt to walk the old ‘corpse road’ above the northern shore of Rydal Water. Before St Mary’s Church in Ambleside was consecrated, coffins had to be transported along this route from Ambleside to St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere for interment.
We were here ‘between lockdowns’ last year (2020). So lucky to get this break sorted and although restrictions were in place, the only effect this had on us was it was nigh impossible to get into a pub!! However we were well stocked up and stayed in a beautiful modern ‘cottage’ so there really was no ‘downside’ 🙂