Lake District – Rydal


Route Information

Distance: 2.5 miles

Time: 2 hours

Grade: Medium

This is a great circular walk, with breath taking scenery across Rydal, a stunning cave and plenty of water –  a real treat for water loving dogs!

My humans parked at the pay and display White Moss car park (A591 from Ambleside – located on the left hand side of the road). Heading to the furthest end of the car park, we took the main path with the river running to the left of us. HuMum let me off the lead from here. The humans walked over the wooden bridge on the left, but I decided to paddle across the river. I sniffed out a trail via the woods and went through the kissing gate. Walking up hill, we come to a fork in the path.


The lower Rydal water shore path.

There are two paths that run left to the lake – one lower path close to the lake shore, the other taking the higher ground. We chose the higher path overlooking the valley, which took us to some awe-inspiring caves.


Rydal “Cathedral” cave.

The National Trust have put a barrier up with a safety warning, but most people ignore this (don’t say I told you – you enter at your own risk!). I chose to swim into the cave, also nicknamed the “Cathedral”, the Humans did not want to get wet, so took the stepping stone route.


Swimming in Rydal cave.


Stepping stones from the cave.

There is also a second smaller cave just along the path.  The caves were once slate quarries, providing roofing tiles to the local area.

From the caves we followed the track down hill, making our descent to Rydal Water. As we got closer to the lake, some fellow humans were commenting about my nice coat and that I looked very slim, compared to their Labrador. Just as HuMum was telling them “Ruby adores swimming in the water”,  I was gone and in the lake before she even finished her sentence!


Wild swimming in Rydal water.


The Rydal water monster!

I loved the water, running in and out, splashing and swimming! The views were just breath taking.


Chillin’ out lake side style!

You can take the lower path, with the lake on your right back to the White Moss car park from where the walk is started. However, on this occasion we had to retrace our steps, as the lower path was closed for some essential maintenance.

I really want to come back to this area again. I have already been thinking about a walkies itinerary for the humans – you can take a path up to Loughrigg Fell (one of the Wainwright’s) and on the other side of Rydal water is the “Coffin” route – sounds freaky!

Have you walked this route? Do you have any suggestions for walks in the Lake District – feel free to leave me a comment on the blog below.

*Waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x




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