|4 ½ miles (7.25km)|
|2 ½ hours|
|135 ft (41m)|
Level of difficulty
|Roadways, farm tracks &|
footpaths, 1 gate
|OS Explorer OL7|
|Grid NY 33691 07634|
|Several Pay & Display car parks |
|Bus - 555 / 556 Lancaster - Keswick|
|On route - in Grasmere Village / |
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.
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.