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Rydal is a small village in between Ambleside and Grasmere. It consists of a couple of houses and a church, surrounded by wooded fells. Despite its small size, it should be on your ‘must visit’ list when planning things to do during your caravan holiday in The Lakes. There’s plenty to see in the surrounding area, including a lake, scenic caves and Wordsworth’s family home.

Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount house and gardens once belonged to William Wordsworth and is now open to the public to view. Wordsworth lived in the property for nearly 40 years until his death in 1850. He wrote much of his acclaimed work during his years at Rydal Mount and drew inspiration from the surrounding scenery.

rydal mount gardens

Wordsworth was a keen gardener and spent time landscaping the 5-acre site. Visitors are invited to walk around the grounds and enjoying the far-reaching views across Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. There are pretty terraced areas and rock pools to admire as well as summer house and beds of rare plants, flowers and trees. It’s a quiet haven to enjoy some peace and quiet and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

In the summer, you can enjoy a homemade cake and refreshing drink in the Poetry Tearoom. It is located in the old saddlery above the coach house and open to house visitors as well as those just passing by.

Rydal Water

Rydal Water is small but perfectly formed lake that is growing increasingly popular with visitors looking to enjoy outdoor activities, including swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding.

rydal water

Rydal Caves

We highly recommend a walk to Rydal Caves during your holiday in The Lakes. The abandoned quarry is open to the public and well worth a look during your trip. Entry is free and you’re welcome to explore at your your leisure. There are no opening times or tickets – simply turn up and wander to your hearts content.

rydal caves

If you’re into photography, you’ll love capturing the unusual landscape. The caves create pretty lighting and the outlook changes with the seasons. Children can play on the stepping stones in the stream. It really is a magical place to spend an hour taking in the scenery.

Pay and display parking is available at White Moss. From here it’s a leisurely 30 minute walk to the caves along a historic path used to transport slate from the quarry to the main road.

Getting to Rydal

It takes approximately 1 hour to get to Rydal from Moss Wood Caravan Park. Make sure you pack you’re camera, you’ll enjoy some wonderful views along the way!

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