Lakes of the Lakes : Grasmere

Lakes of the Lakes : Grasmere

ROUTE STATS (including map)

The Pretzel: Part 2

If you have landed straight on this page, you might like to read part one of “The Pretzel” before continuing. You can jump back to Rydal Water here.

Moving away from Rydal Water, I began the circuit of Grasmere. A small incline greeted me exiting the wood where the wind picked up and the rain became more intense. To avoid getting cold, I increased the pace as the path dropped down to a small beach by another bridge and a weir, where the River Rothay exits the lake.

It was here I formally began the circuit of Grasmere and this little beach would make a splendid spot for skimming stones on a Summer’s afternoon. Today’s weather did not lend itself to pottering on beaches, so on I pressed into Red Bank Wood.

The path hugs the shoreline for a while with fine views across the water to Grasmere village. I saw a heron fishing for breakfast, the first of three that day, as well as other birdlife. It was along this path that I began to settle into the walk and feel my mind relax. I could feel the tension around my temples easing as the Lake District unleashed its magical powers. It felt like an expensive head massage – complete with authentic spa soundtrack of wind and rain.

The path leaves the shoreline all too soon to join a back road into Grasmere village. I passed some private woodland where some chopped pine wood was stacked up. The smell accentuated by the rain was intense and almost singed my nostril hairs as I breathed in the scent. Another hallmark of the outdoor spa!

It was approaching 9am and the village was starting to come alive with workers preparing for the day ahead. I was drawn towards the comforting smells from Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop. For anyone who has not sampled these rectangular slices of heaven, you need to rectify this situation right away. The traditional shop is as charming as its products are delicious, and a pack of six makes the perfect hill snack.

I had a few choices of route at this point: sticking to the shoreline meant walking along the main road; ascending to the coffin route would lead to duplication at White Moss, so I decided to climb to the top of Banerigg Wood before dropping down to the road where I picked up the lakeside path and soon came to the path at the weir.

Lake number 2 complete, it was time to move on to Elter Water. A new valley, new views and one hell of an approach.

Take me to Elter Water.


Highs and Lowdown (1)

Grasmere

Rating

Start / Finish: Various car parks around the lake; Grasmere village

Distance: 3 miles (4.75 km)

Navigation: Easy (follow the crowds)

Terrain: Good paths throughout

Facilities: Grasmere village

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*These routes and descriptions are only ever intended to be a personal record of my adventures, which may inspire your own. Hillwalking involves a degree of risk, so please make sure you are properly equipped and prepared if you choose to follow them.


Highs and Lowdown (2)

The Pretzel: Rydal Water, Grasmere and Elterwater

Rating

Start / Finish: Roadside parking near Rydal Mount

Distance: 13 miles (21 km)

Navigation: Straightforward

Terrain: Good paths throughout

Facilities: Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge have a few options but Grasmere is your best bet – a visit to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread shop is compulsory!

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*These routes and descriptions are only ever intended to be a personal record of my adventures, which may inspire your own. Hillwalking involves a degree of risk, so please make sure you are properly equipped and prepared if you choose to follow them.

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