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Rydal Water #2, Lake District, North West England | by Anthony Lawlor
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Rydal Water #2, Lake District, North West England

Sony DSLR-A350, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/9


Rydal Water is a small lake in the central region of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. It is located near the hamlet of Rydal, between Grasmere and Ambleside in the Rothay Valley.[1]


The lake is 1290yd (1.18km) long and varies in width up to a maximum of 380yd (350m), covering an area of 0.12mi² (0.31km²). It has a maximum depth of 65ft (17m) and an elevation above sea level of 177ft (54m). The lake is both drained and replenished by the river Brathay, flowing out of Grasmere upstream and into Windermere downstream.[1]


The waters of the southern half of the lake are leased by the Lowther Estate to the National Trust, whilst those of the northern half belong to the estate of Rydal Hall. Navigation is prohibited, except for residents of Rydal Hall.[1]


Rydal Water is surrounded by numerous walks on the hills and fells, as well as a walk around the lake itself, which takes in Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both home to William Wordsworth, as well as Rydal Cave, a former quarry working. At the western end of the lake, steps lead to Wordsworth's Seat, which is considered to have been Wordsworth's favourite viewpoint in the Lake District.


White Moss House, at the northern end of the lake, is believed to be the only house that Wordsworth ever bought. He bought it for his son, Willie, and the family lived there until the 1930s. Nab Cottage overlooks the lake and it was once home to Thomas de Quincey and Hartley Coleridge, the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Close by is the historic Rydal Hall.


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Taken on May 31, 2010