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in the county of Cumbria

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About Rydal

Rydal in the lake district will be forever associated with the poet William Wordsworth who lived here and whose works reflect the beautiful landscape that so vividly captured his imagination almost from the moment he was born. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, was educated in the area and was later to marry his childhood friend Mary Hutchinson. Together they settled into Dove Cottage in Grassmere where three of their five children were born. After a time they moved to The Old Rectory near St. Oswald's Church. Although in a stunning location, the house proved cold and damp, sadly the two youngest children died here. In later years, when living at Rydal Mount, Wordsworth bought and planted a field of Daffodils in celebration of his daughter Dora's birthday. The field is now in the care of the National Trust.

Rydal Water, though small is very picturesque. It is not as remote nor as spectacular as some of the high upland tarn's such as Easdale lying beneath the towering cliffs of Tarn Crag but it's wild beauty draws flocks of tourists to it's scenic shores. Maybe, this is to do with the Wordsworth connection-on the western edge of the lake is a spot known as Wordsworth's Seat, it is said to have been the poet's favourite viewpoint. Nab Cottage, once home to friends of the Wordsworth's overlooks the lake around which there is a wonderful walk taking in two of the Wordworth homes-Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. It also passes Rydal Cave, a mysterious cavern in the hills above the lake. Visitors to Rydal are often overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the lake and the peaceful atmosphere pervading the many pretty woodland walks around its shores. Not only is it popular with walkers but it is a favoured place for cyclists and anglers.

There are many pretty villages in the glorious lakes, few have the quiet contentment of unforgettable Rydale which makes an idyllic base for exploring the magic of lakeland in Cumbria.

Places to visit include; Rydal House, Rydal Manor, Nab Cottage, Dove Cottage, Conniston Water, Lake Windermere, Hawkshead Courthouse, Grassmere and Kendal.

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Rydal Lodge in Ambleside, Cumbria, England

Rydal Lodge

Ambleside, Cumbria, England (0.1 miles, 0.2 km)
With a beautiful riverside location, Rydal Lodge Hotel offers elegant Lake District accommodation, 2 miles from the centre of Ambleside....
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Glen Rothay in Ambleside, Cumbria, England

Glen Rothay

Ambleside, Cumbria, England (0.1 miles, 0.2 km)
Situated in the heart of the picturesque Lake District National Park, Glen Rothay is opposite Rydal Water and a 20-minute bus ride from the scenic town of Windermere. Free private parking is available...
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Crow How Country Guest House in Ambleside, Cumbria, England4 stars

Crow How Country Guest House

Ambleside, Cumbria, England (0.7 miles, 1.2 km)
Set in the historic Rydal Valley, amidst the fells, sits Crow How Country Guest House. Just a 15-minute walk from Ambleside the Crow offers spacious rooms with stunning countryside views. Clean moder...
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Foxghyll Country House B&B in Ambleside, Cumbria, England4 stars

Foxghyll Country House B&B

Ambleside, Cumbria, England (0.8 miles, 1.4 km)
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Wynford Guest House in Ambleside, Cumbria, England4 stars

Wynford Guest House

Ambleside, Cumbria, England (1.0 miles, 1.6 km)
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Meadowbank in Ambleside, Cumbria, England


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Windermere Station(5.7 miles, 9.3 km, direction SE)
Staveley Station(8.3 miles, 13.3 km, direction SE)
M6 Junction 39(14.0 miles, 22.5 km, direction E)
M6 Junction 38(15.6 miles, 25.1 km, direction E)
Blackpool Airport(46.6 miles, 75.0 km, direction S)
Teesside International Airport(62.6 miles, 100.8 km, direction E)
Rydal to London(235.6 miles, 379.0 km, direction SE)