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Discover Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere and Rydal are undoubtedly two of the most popular and prettiest villages in the Lake District National Park. Steeped in a deep literary history with poet William Wordsworth connected to both, you can easily see for yourself how the area has been an inspiration for hundreds of years and will continue to be for many more to come.

Visit galleries, museums and independent shops bursting with creativity to satisfy the most cultural of taste buds.

To continue your romantic visit, combine your stay with a breath-taking walk around the waters or climb an Alfred Wainwright classic – Helm Crag or more affectionally known as The Lion & The Lamb.  

What’s On in 2018

Great Places to Eat

The Forest Side
The Michelin starred restaurant at Forest Side is designed to reflect the very landscape in which it sits and does this by using the freshest locally sourced seasonal produce, which is then paired with an exclusive wine list to make it the perfect place for that special celebration.

The Jumble Room
Serving incredible creative dishes for over 20 years now this small but perfectly formed restaurant is a must when staying in Grasmere or the surrounding areas.

Mathilde’s
Offering a menu with Scandinavian influence and an extra dimension of hospitality to one of the Lakes’ most popular tourist destinations – The Heaton Cooper Studio in the centre of Grasmere.

Baldry’s Tearoom
The Tearooms at Baldry's Grasmere is a delightful vintage style tearoom located in the heart of Grasmere village.  Known for over 25 years for our home baking; Baldry's Tearoom serves delicious light lunches, loose leaf teas, fresh ground coffee and an enormous selection of home baked cakes.

Grasmere Tea Gardens
Set in the heart of the beautiful village of Grasmere and on the banks of the river Rothay with breathtaking views of the Grasmere fells and St Oswalds Church. The Tea Gardens is now in its third generation serving delicious treats and refreshments for all to enjoy

Top 5 Walks

Helm Crag
Helm Crag known at The Lion and the Lamb is a well-known and popular Lakeland fell and one of Alfred Wainwrights favourite peaks. Situated to the north of the village the walk that is steep in parts rewards you with breath-taking views of the valley once you reach the summit.

Silverhow
If you fancy a shorter walk but still want the stunning views, then Silverhow is the one for you. Start your walk by passing Alan Bank a National Trust property and former home of the poet William Wordsworth. Continue your ascent and you will soon discover elevated views of Grasmere and the lake before quickly reaching the top.

Alcock Tarn
Alcock Tarn lies 1000 feet above Grasmere Village boasting panoramic views for all to admire. The route is a steep climb, but you will find plenty of resting points to take advantage of along the way. Each stop offers unrivalled views that get better the more you climb. Once you reach the top you will find the perfect spot to enjoy your picnic and take in the fantastic sights.

Easedale Tarn
The route to Easedale tarn is spectacular in every way taking in rivers, waterfalls and farm land until you reach the tarn itself offering you complete peace and tranquillity and the best open water swimming pool in the land. From the tarn its easy to continue over the top to the neighbouring valley of Langdale to continue your journey in even more picturesque scenery.

Grasmere & Rydal Water
This walk is a pleasant circular route linking both Grasmere and the humble hamlet of Rydal and the famous Rydal caves. Part of the route is along the old Coffin road that was once the original path to take the deceased from Rydal to the church in Grasmere for burial. Today the walk rewards you with spectacular scenery with the added advantage of stopping off at the historic Badger Bar for a well-earned refreshment along the way.

Things to Do

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum - 
https://wordsworth.org.uk/visit/dove-cottage.html

Rydal Mount & Gardens - 
www.rydalmount.co.uk

Heaton Cooper Studio -
www.heatoncooper.co.uk

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop -
www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk

Allan Bank -
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

Heart of the Lakes has over 300 perfectly placed Holiday Cottages in the Lake District National Park - Grasmere & Rydal is an ideal location from which to explore the Largest UNESCO World Heritage site Lake District, Heart of the Lakes will be sure to have something perfect for you all times of the year.