This is a rather pleasant, nicely varied, circular of both Grasmere and Rydal Water even with the unavoidable road walking. Part of the route is along the old Coffin road, so called as it was the route used to take the dead of Rydal to the church in Grasmere for burial.
There are a number of car parks in Grasmere from where the walk starts, with the one on Stock Lane - the road into the village from Ambleside, being the most accessible.
If you need accommodation we have details of 32 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
4 AA AssessedThe Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, Grasmere
£89-259 per night
4 Tourist Board Assessed CottageBrathay, Ambleside
£351-679 per week
5.0km away, sleeps 4
4Heidi s Grasmere Lodge, Grasmere
£82-123 per night
Walk height profile
height in metres, distance in kilometres - note that gradients are usually exaggerated
Starting in Grasmere somewhere near the church, it being an obvious landmark, head out of the village on Stock Lane towards Ambleside - if you came out of the church you would turn left. Past the shops, and Stock Lane car park to the roundabout at the junction with the A591.
Cross over and take the minor road with the 6'6" width restriction. It directly passes Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth shop. Continue on as the road climbs gently. A small pond is found at the top of the rise, and just before the road turns sharply right behind a barn bear left to take the minor road signposted "Public Footpath to Alcock Tarn and Coffin Route to Rydal".
Past another tarn, called variously Skater's Tarn, Wordsworth's Tarn, or White Moss Tarn, the lane becomes a gravel track, which gradually deteriorates to a rough path in places. At Brockstones bear right.
As the path meets a wall, bear left and keep high to avoid having to climb back up to the gate.
Eventually, after 1.5km, the path goes through a gate into a lane which drops into Rydal beside Rydal Mount. Turn right, pass the church and down to the A591.
Turn right and walk along
this busy road, there is a pavement on both sides, cross when it's clear
or just before the Badger Bar (about 100m) cross over and drop through
the hole in the wall. Immediately you will see the footbridge over the river.
Cross, and then turn right to follow the river bank. At the lake, bear left
to go round the shore. Go through the gates and keep to the lower path
by the shore, below Jobson Close.
As you reach the old barn on your right, the path climbs quite steeply to a junction of four paths. Take the right fork which is narrow and immediately drops down to follow a wall. Don't continue on the wider track that is Loughrigg Terrace.
Follow the wall down to the footbridge over the Grasmere outfall and bear left to continue round the lake shore.
Go through the gate, a smooth track is just above the water's edge here. Keep following the shore line. After some distance the woodland to the right becomes fenced in fields. With stunning views across the lake the end of this path comes all too soon and you are forced to turn left up to the road.
At the road turn right to head towards Grasmere village. There is a little traffic on this country lane so care will be needed where it narrows and on corners. There are still good glimses of the view back down the lake and to the fells on the other side.
You enter the village on Red Bank Road opposite the church.
A walk by Elizabeth Oldham
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar||141m away|
|Helm Crag||141m away|
|Alcock Tarn||141m away|
|A circuit of Grasmere||141m away|
|Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag||221m away|
|Easedale Tarn||316m away|
|Silver How||360m away|
|Easdale Tarn, Codale Tarn, and Tarn Crag||400m away|
|Allan Bank Woodland Walk||0.6km away|
|Loughrigg Fell from White Moss||1.3km away|
|Red Bank from White Moss near Ambleside||1.5km away|
|Seat Sandal||1.9km away|
|An Elterwater Stroll||2.7km away|
|Waterfalls and the Cathedral Cavern, from Elterwater||2.8km away|
|Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn||2.9km away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Rydal||3.0km away|
|Grisedale Tarn||4.4km away|
|High Raise, Sergeant Man, and Blea Rigg from Langdale||4.5km away|
|The Langdale Pikes: Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle||4.5km away|
|The Fairfield Horseshoe||4.6km away|
|An Ambleside Waterfalls Wander - Stockghyll Force and Blue Hill Wood||4.7km away|
|Loughrigg Tarn||4.7km away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Ambleside||4.7km away|
|Wansfell, and Wansfell Pike||4.8km away|
|Stockghyll Force - Ambleside||4.8km away|
|High Sweden Bridge Circular||4.8km away|
|Red Screes and Middle Dodd from Ambleside||4.8km away|
|Wansfell Pike, Troutbeck, and Skelghyll Wood||4.8km away|
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