A Walk Round Rydal Water

Today we took a brisk walk round Rydal Water to ease ourselves out of the Christmas inertia.

Rydal is midway between Ambleside and Grasmere and is a lovely spot any time of the year. It's just the thing on a windy day like today and you certainly know you've been out in the fresh air. Unfortunately it was also very cloudy, drizzly and quite dark today so I couldn't take any decent pictures. But here's what it looks like on a fine day.
Rydal Water on a fine day - not today!

Starting at the car park at the western end of the lake (the far end in the photo), we crossed the River Rothay and followed the path along the southern side of the lake. It's mostly flat but there are a few tricky bits and it was quite muddy and slippery in places.

The walk took a couple of hours and was punctuated with a pitstop in the Badger Bar, a typical white-washed lakeland pub. Comfy arm-chairs, roaring open fires and people with muddy boots. Oh, and a good pint of local beer. By the time we came out it was pouring with rain so it was a very brisk march back to the car then off to Grasmere for a bite to eat and to dry out.