Written on 22/06/16 by Paul Oldham

Rydal Cave

In my last post I talked about Cathedral Cavern in Little Langdale south west of Elterwater and mentioned that another big cavern worth visiting in the Lake District was Rydal Cave.

Rydal Cave can be found on the north side of Loughrigg Fell above Rydal Water and, like Cathedral Cavern, is man made; a consequence of quarrying, again for slate. Long disused, the cave can be entered by the public.

Rydal Cave
Looking down into the entrance of Rydal Cave

At the entrance there is a shallow lake full of small fish (including goldfish allegedly!) and insect life but there are stepping stones so it's usually possible to make your way across it to the dry floor inside and explore. Do be cautious when doing so, especially without a torch, as we have come across things you wouldn't want to step in darker corners.

Rydal Cave
Looking in Rydal Cave - the figure gives you some idea of the size of it

We currently have four walks over or around Loughrigg Fell all of which pass Rydal Cave:

But however you get to Rydal Cave you won't be disappointed, it's well worth a visit.

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