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Central Lakes-Day 2

If you are limited on time or want a beginner’s guide to the Lakes, the South and Central Lakes are great for providing a snapshot of what this World Heritage site has to offer. This easily accessible area has so much going on. You can cruise on a lake, reach a summit, delve into Cumbria’s history and heritage and dig into some tasty local treats, all within a small (yet perfectly formed) area.

Morning

Catch the 555 or 559 bus from Windermere Station to Rydal (just outside Ambleside). Alight at the bus stop by Rydal Church and Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth.
Head up round the back of Rydal Mount and join the Coffin Trail. Don’t let the name put you off, this is an easy 3 mile wooded route connecting Rydal and Grasmere. The route was used to transport coffins from Rydal to the Church in Grasmere, hence the name. The route is obvious and well-trodden but be sure to take a map just in case. It brings you out on the outskirts of Grasmere Village, fabled for its gingerbread. This lovely village is well worth exploring and has a lot of links to William Wordsworth and other Romantic Poets.

If your legs are tired from yesterday’s adventures, then why not take an intrepid Mountain Goat tour. The booking office is by Windermere Station and they have a number of tours exploring the iconic landscape of this World Heritage site. Pre-booking is essential. The fantastic drivers impart a wealth of local knowledge about the area and its heritage.
Rydal Mount and Gardens
Grasmere
Grasmere Gingerbread ® at Grasmere Gingerbread®
Mountain Goat Tours
 

Lunch

If you head to Grasmere have a lunch break here.
 

Afternoon

Either head back on the Coffin Trail to Rydal and catch the bus from there or catch the bus from the village green in Grasmere back to Windermere.
 

Evening

Either enjoy another nights stay or head home of the train.
 

Overnight

Weather
The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, clear morning skies can rapidly give way to rain, sleet or even snow so be prepared! Changes in weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route so please consider this before setting off. Call 0844 846 2444 to check the forecast.

Practical information
Appropriate clothing can make all the difference. It is important to be warm, comfortable and dry when out exploring so make sure you have the appropriate kit and plenty of layers.

Your rucksack should hold everything needed and be carried comfortably. Have extra layers, a hat and gloves, enough food and drink, and a first aid kit. A compass, map and the knowledge to use them is invaluable.

Mobile phone reception isn’t always good in the Lake District. Leave details of your route and expected finish time with a buddy. If you are delayed please contact your buddy to let them know. This will prevent mountain rescue, a team of volunteers, being called out unnecessarily. If there is an emergency call 999, ask for Cumbria Police and give your location; an accurate grid reference is ideal.

 

Morning: Rydal Mount and Gardens

Address

Rydal
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9LU

Contact Details

Tel: 015394 33002
Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's best loved home for 37 years. Here he wrote many of his poems and revised and improved much of his earlier works including the Prelude and the famous 'Daffodils' poem. He became England's finest poet and went on to be poet Laureate to Queen Victoria.

This historic home offers, large beautiful terraced gardens landscaped by the poet, magnificent views of lake Windermere and Rydal Water, peaceful relaxed atmosphere, freedom to wander unrestricted and situated in the picturesque village of Rydal between Ambleside and Grasmere on A591. For further information visit: http://www.rydalmount.co.uk

Directions

North of Ambleside, 1.5 mile on A591 on Grasmere Road. Follow brown signs on right of main road.

Prices and opening

Adults £7.50, Concessions:(Seniors & Students) £6.50, Garden Only £5.00, Children 5-15 years old £4.00, Family ticket £20.00, Includes 2 full paying adults and children 5 - 15 yrs.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesPlease see website for further details.
 

Morning: Grasmere

Address

Cumbria
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Contact Details

Grasmere is perhaps best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found." Set alongside Grasmere Lake, Grasmere is shrouded by a panorama of fells and mountains that provide the atmosphere so beloved of Wordsworth and the Romantic poets. Old cottages, faced with pebbledash, and houses of bluish-green local slate vie for attention along the twisty streets of the village. Victorian villas sit comfortably beside hotels, galleries and shops catering to tourists. The local church of St. Oswald's, in the centre of Grasmere, has a history stretching from the 13thC, and is the final resting place of William Wordsworth. Wordsworth's memory is heavy throughout Grasmere with his former home, Dove Cottage being one of the most popular attractions in Grasmere along with a museum dedicated to Wordsworth. Wordsworth's later dwelling at nearby Rydal Mount can also be visited. Gingerbread lovers are strongly recommended to stop for a treat at the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop near the church!
 

Morning: Grasmere Gingerbread ® at Grasmere Gingerbread®

Address

Church Cottage
Grasmere
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9SW

Contact Details

Tel: 015394 35428
This fascinating little shop was built in 1630 as the village school, and is where Wordsworth occasionally taught. In 1854 it became the home of Sarah Nelson's world famous original celebrated Grasmere Gingerbread ®. This unique and delicious gingerbread is freshly baked everyday to the secret recipe and is only obtainable from this shop or through the international mail order service. For further information visit: http://www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk

Directions

From M6 jct 36 follow A591 to Ambleside then Grasmere. Next to the Wordsworth Hotel.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesThe Grasmere Gingerbread ® Shop opens at 9:15am and closes dependent on the season, shorter Winter closing times. Closed 4 days of the year: Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Coach parties and tour groups can be booked in at other times.
 

Morning: Mountain Goat Tours

Address

Mountain Goat Ltd
Victoria Street
Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 1AD

Contact Details

Tel: 015394 45161
With 40 years experience of the beautiful Lake District and a firm recognition as the No. 1 Lake District tour specialist, Mountain Goat has rightfully made its mark of distinction and won the ‘Minibus Operator of the Year Award’ 2010.

Established in 1972, Mountain Goat today are renowned for their exciting and inspiring choice of guided sightseeing tours around the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. They also provide exclusive group hire, walking guide services, the ‘Cross Lakes Experience’ Bus Service, Lake District Short Breaks and touring holidays in most National Park areas of the UK. The company work with and have built a strong rapport with many leading UK Tour/Coach operators in addition to many international tour companies particularly Japanese, American, and Australasia.

As a small local business the Mountain Goat are proud members of Nurture Lakeland and actively support the development of Conservation projects to maintain and preserve the Lake District’s unique environment. Over the years it has developed into a sustainable business providing local employment and working with local companies & produce to serve an authentic and unique product. In 2012 Mountain Goat were proud winners of the Sustainable Travel Ambassador.

Mountain Goat enjoys common ownership with the owners of the luxury 4* Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel and present joint promotions including accommodation, sightseeing tours, walking and other activities to guests seeking the perfect break in the Lake District.
For further information visit: http://www.mountain-goat.com

Directions

Entering Windermere from the south on A591, Windermere Tourist Information Centre is on the left. Mountain Goat reservations office is located 50 metres down the hill from the information centre.

Prices and opening

Full-day tours from, adults £39.00, senior citizen (+60) £37.50, children £27.00. Half-day tours from, adults £28.00, senior citizen (+60) £27.00 children £22.00.