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Rydal Water Tours

Rydal Water
Despite its diminutive size at just over 1 km long, Rydal Water’s strong literary connections have cemented its status as one of the Lake District’s most visited spots. Wordsworth’s Seat, overlooking the western bank, was renowned as the poet’s favorite viewpoint, while nearby points of interest include Nab Cottage, once home to Thomas Quincey and three of Wordworth’s former homes – White Moss House, Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage.

One of the few boat-free lakes, Rydal Water makes a perfect spot for open-air swimming during the warmer months, while the lakeside hills are at their most beautiful in spring and autumn, when fields of wildflowers and colorful foliage add a rich range of hues. 

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Rydal Water is located in the center of the Lake District National Park, just south of Grasmere.
Address: Rydal, Lake District, England
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Rydal Water

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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.34
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$51.34
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2 hour Private evening tour

2 hour Private evening tour

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With over 20 years experience giving tours to people from all over the world, Brook Tours of Windermere can offer you: Expert local knowledge, registered fully licensed and insured operator, friendly and courteous service going the extra mile to ensure your comfort, free help advice and planning for our clients, the ability to enjoy the sights and pleasures of the Lake District without the distraction of driving on unfamiliar roads, and a high standard of service whilst at the same time delivering quality and value for money.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$148.63
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$148.63
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Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount - Full Day All-inclusive Tour

Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount - Full Day All-inclusive Tour

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Gain insight into the relationship between the English Romantics and their beloved landscape on a Lake poets tour, ideal for literature lovers, history buffs, and nature enthusiasts alike. Discover landmarks including William Wordsworth’s former school, family home, and church, with insights provided by your guide, and benefit from round-trip transfer from a pickup location of your choice for a hassle-free excursion.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.09
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$150.09

William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

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Discover the life of William Wordsworth in the English Lake District on a half-day tour of Grasmere village from Windermere. Visit landmarks that were important to Wordsworth and his family, including St Oswald's Church, Dove Cottage, Dora's Field, Rydal Church, and the poet’s former home at Rydal Mount. This small-group tour explores this scenic destination through the lens of Wordsworth’s life and work.
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  • 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.07
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Private Tour: William Wordsworth: Afternoon Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

Private Tour: William Wordsworth: Afternoon Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

This tour takes you to: • Grasmere Village. • Church Stile the former inn where William Wordsworth, his brother John and fellow romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge stayed for several days during their Lake District tour in 1797. • Grasmere Gingerbread Shop where Sarah Nelson invented the world famous "Grasmere Gingerbread" in 1854. • The Wordsworth family graves. • St Oswald's Church where the Wordsworth family worshipped. • Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived from 1799 to 1808. • Views of Grasmere, the beautiful lake the Wordsworths knew so well. • Rydal Mount William Wordsworth's best loved family home from 1813 to his death in 1850. • Rydal Hall Gardens where Wordsworth admired the waterfall from the "grot" viewing house. • Rydal Church built on the site chosen by William Wordsworth which also inspired two of his poems. • Dora's Field bought by William Wordsworth in 1826. • Views of Rydal Water, one of the smaller lakes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$445.88
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William Wordsworth: Afternoon Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

William Wordsworth: Afternoon Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

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During this 3-hour tour, admirers of the poet William Wordsworth will have the pleasure of visiting some of the Lake District sites where he lived. With the benefit of a guide’s specialized knowledge you'll gain insight about the environment that influenced Wordsworth’s poetry. Explore the villages of Grasmere and Rydal, with admission to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum included for your convenience. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.07
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$81.07

Private Tour: William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

Private Tour: William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

This tour takes you to: • Grasmere Village where William Wordsworth lived. • Church Stile the former inn where William Wordsworth, his brother John and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge stayed for several days during their Lake District tour in 1797. • Grasmere Gingerbread Shop where Sarah Nelson invented the world famous "Grasmere Gingerbread" in 1854. • The Wordsworth family graves. • St Oswald's Church where the Wordsworth family worshipped. • Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived from 1799 to 1808. • Views of Grasmere, the beautiful lake the Wordsworths knew so well. • Rydal Mount William Wordsworth's best loved family home from 1813 to his death in 1850. • Rydal Hall Gardens where Wordsworth admired the waterfall from the "grot" viewing house. • Rydal Church built on the site chosen by William Wordsworth which also inspired two of his poems. • Dora's Field bought by William Wordsworth in 1826. • Views of Rydal Water, one of the smaller lakes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$445.88
per group
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$445.88
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Private Tour: Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle - Full Day all-inclusive

Private Tour: Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle - Full Day all-inclusive

You get to see: • Hawkshead Grammar School where Wordsworth went to school and carved his name on his desk (only on a friday) • Grasmere Gingerbread Shop where the Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented Grasmere Gingerbread in 1854 • St Oswald's Church where the Wordsworth family worshiped and whose interior William was so fond of • Wordsworth Family Graves nestled beneath the yew tree that Wordsworth planted himself • Dove Cottage the first family home of Wordsworth and where he wrote some of his best poetry • The Wordsworth House where William Wordsworth was born (not on fridays) • Rydal Mount & Garden was Wordsworth's best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$763.40
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$763.40
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Private Tour: 8 Lakes and magnificent scenery - Afternoon tour

Private Tour: 8 Lakes and magnificent scenery - Afternoon tour

• Lake Windermere, views of the largest lake in the lake district. • Kirkstone Pass • Brothers Water • Patterdale • Glenridding • Ullswater • Glencoyne • Scenic drive along the shores of Ullswater. • Castlerigg Stone Circle • Ashness Bridge • Surprise View looking out over Derwent Water with spectacular views towards Bassenthwaite Lake • Thirlmere • Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail. • Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District. • Rydal Water
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$398.59
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$398.59
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Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise in the Lake District

Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise in the Lake District

This tour takes you to: ◾Lake Windermere views of the largest lake in the lake district, surrounded by panoramic mountain scenery. ◾Kirkstone Pass the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic. ◾Brothers Water in the Hartsop Valley . ◾Patterdale the village where walkers begin their ascent via the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest peak in the Lake District. ◾Glenridding close to the old Greenside Lead Mine. ◾Ullswater with spectacular views of the second largest lake in the Lake District. ◾Lake Cruise on Ullswater. ◾The Lakes Distillery for a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting session. ◾Thirlmerethe man-made vast reservoir. ◾Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail. ◾Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District. ◾Rydal Water tranquil and serene with beautiful reflections of Loughrigg fell.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$158.34
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