View from 'The Grot'
What a wonderful spot.
Since 1963, Rydal Hall has been run by the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle as a place of hospitality, tranquillity and spirituality for all.
'The Grot' was built in 1668 by Sir Daniel Fleming and designed as a place to frame and enjoy the spectacular Rydal Falls and it is one of Britain’s earliest examples of a viewing station. William Wordsworth is known to have been particularly fond of the Grot, writing about it in one of his earlier poems ‘An Evening Walk’ and visiting with his nephew shortly before his death.