Here at Mountain Goat we love getting out of the office and exploring what’s on our doorstep. Although it’s only small, the village of Rydal has lots to do and see. Located in between Ambleside and Grasmere the village of Rydal is home to Rydal Water, Rydal Caves, Rydal Mount and has a strong link to William Wordsworth.
Rydal Water is situated in the heart of the Lake District in between Lake Windermere and Grasmere Lake and is connected to Grasmere Lake via the River Rothay. Rydal Water is the perfect location to de-stress and relax as phone signal is few and far between.
Rydal Mount dates to the 16th century and is located on the A591, 7 miles from Windermere and was once William Wordsworth’s family home, he lived here from 1813 until he died in 1850. The house, gardens and tearooms are now much loved by tourists and locals alike. William Wordsworth was a keen landscaper and loved to look after his garden, the five-acre garden remains beautifully kept and has an array of flowers and trees planted by Wordsworth himself.
Over 200 years ago Rydal Caves was a working quarry site and therefore the cave itself was actually man-made. From Rydal Water it’s a short walk up to the caves where you’ll see the cave entrance. The cave sits upon the northern edge of Loughrigg Fell and overlooks Rydal Water below. The dramatic entrance to the cave are accessed by an it’s a hop skip and a jump over some precisely placed stones.
You can visit Rydal as part of a Private Tour with Mountain Goat and take time to enjoy this small hamlet.