A circuit of Grasmere

Just to the north west of Ambleside, on the way to Keswick, there are two places called Grasmere. This walk circumnavigates the lake called Grasmere - a word possibly derived from Old English for 'grassy lake'.

Starting in Grasmere village you leave it on Stock Lane heading towards Ambleside. Cross the busy A591 near the mini-roundabout you encounter the Wordsworth Trust Shop and then Dove Cottage where William lived for eight years. You then follow a short section of the old 'coffin road' from Rydal in the days when St Oswald's in Grasmere was the only parish church with a graveyard. A short section of stony paths drops down to the A591 to cross it once again. this time it is a little tricky as visibility of the traffic isn't quite so good. There follows a pleasant walk through the parkland and woods alongside the River Rothay to Grasmere, the lake. Grasmere the village can be seen across the lake, as can the fells that ring this pretty vale. Around the shore line is a good path, and then all too soon you have to leave it to climb up to Red Bank Road. It is a short walk along the road back into the village.

Starting in Grasmere village there are a number of well signed car parks and regular bus services.