Grasmere to Rydal Mount walk - Walks Around Britain

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Walks from Season Two - Grasmere to Rydal Mount
From the village of Grasmere, take a walk into literary history with this short bimble to Rydal Mount and Gardens, the home of William Wordsworth along the Coffin Route.

Presented by The Quirky Traveller, Zoe Dawes

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A walk from Grasmere to Rydal Mount in the Lake District - Walks Around Britain Shorts
Walk Info
4 ½ miles (7.25km)
Minimum time
2 ½ hours
Total ascent
135 ft (41m)
Level of difficulty
Roadways, farm tracks &
footpaths, 1 gate
OS Explorer OL7
Grid NY 33691 07634
On leads
Several Pay & Display car parks
around Grasmere
Public Transport
Bus - 555 / 556 Lancaster - Keswick
On route - in Grasmere Village /
Rydal Mount
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Route Directions

  • Start at the Bridge House Hotel and turn left onto the B5287.  

  • Grasmere Parish Church is on the right-hand side of the road and in the home of William Wordsworth's grave.

  • After a look around the church, turn left at the church gates and retrace steps along the B5287 - but this time continue through the village of Grasmere.

  • Soon, the village ends, and once past the car and coach park on the left, the natural Lake District is opening out.

  • At the busy A591, head left and cross the main Ambleside to Keswick road via the Pelican Crossing - and once across turn right.

  • After a couple of hundred metres, take the left road away from the A591 towards the outlining hamlet of Town End.

  • On the left is Dove Cottage, where William and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth lived between 1799 and 1808.

  • Carry on as the road steadily climbs upwards.  At the signpost, take the right hand path.

  • Follow the path as it passes White Moss Tarn on the left.

  • The path climbs higher and then drops down with views of Rydal Water on the right.

  • Go through the gate as the path enters the hamlet of Rydal.

  • Turn right and then right again into Rydal Mount - where Wordsworth lived towards the end of his life.  There is a change for entry into the gardens.

Relevant Links

The Quirly Traveller - Wandering in Wordsworth’s footsteps – Grasmere to Rydal
Zoë's blog post about the filming of the walk

Rydal Mount & Gardens
The historic home of William Wordsworth

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum
Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth during his most prolific years as a poet.

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