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View over Alcock Tarn

This is an easy walk to navigate. From Rydal to Grasmere the path follows the well trodden bridle path. At the junction shortly before Grasmere the walk may be shortened by a descent into Grasmere otherwise a fairly steep and rocky climb to Alcock Tarn is taken. The return leg from Grasmere to Rydal follows Loughrigg Terrace via Rydal Cave. For walkers who do not wish to pay over the odds for a pint, certain hotels in this area should be avoided. A pint was enjoyed at The Lamb Inn in Grasmere and The Badger Bar in Rydal. Both Inns are open all day.
Lamb Inn The Lamb Inn, Grasmere
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Beaver Bar The Badger Bar, Rydal
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A circular walk from Rydal to Grasmere
via Alcock Tarn

Distance 7.2 miles; time about 4 hr 30 min

The walk starts from the free Pelter Bridge car park. After entering Rydal from Ambleside take the first left over the hump back bridge and then turn sharp right for the car park. Walk into Rydal. The NT Dora's Field to the left of the church is worth visiting in March to see the daffodils or in April/May to see the bluebells. Walk up by the side of the church to Rydal Mount (the former home of William Wordsworth); the bridal path to Grasmere starts on the left just after the house. This is an easy path to follow. Shortly after Nab Cottage the path becomes a roadway and continues to a metal seat with views over Grasmere. At this point either continue downhill into Grasmere or turn right for Alcock Tarn. (60 min).
The path to the Tarn is well signposted. Initially the path goes steadily uphill through the beech woods of Bracken Fell but after the small round pond the path narrows and becomes more arduous. The path now zigzags its way up to Grey Crag and continues to Alcock Tarn. (65 min).
From the Tarn the path down to Grasmere is straightforward but fairly steep and rocky in places. At the end of the descent after crossing the beck at the footbridge take the gate on the left. After the narrow lane turn left at the road and continue to the main road. Cross the main road and walk into Grasmere. The Lamb Inn is found in the centre of the town on the right. (40 min).
The homeward route starts along Langdale Road at the back of the Lamb Inn. Follow the main road to the right for about 1 mile. The FP to Loughrigg Terrace in seen on the right. The path is now easy to follow initially through beech woods with beautiful views of Grasmere. On meeting the road continue for 50 yd; the Terrace continues on the left. As Grasmere water is left behind the path diverges. Take the right-hand spur to visit Rydal Cave. After the Cave the path snakes downhill and descends to skirt Rydal Water. Continue on to the car park. The Badger Bar is found on the main road on the right shortly after the church. (90 min.)
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