Rydal Water

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Rydal Water
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Location Lake District, Cumbria
Coordinates 54°26′49″N 2°59′47″W / 54.44694°N 2.99639°W / 54.44694; -2.99639Coordinates: 54°26′49″N 2°59′47″W / 54.44694°N 2.99639°W / 54.44694; -2.99639
Type Ribbon
Primary inflows River Rothay
Primary outflows River Rothay
Basin countries United Kingdom
Max. length 1290yd (1.18km)
Max. width 380yd (350m)
Surface area 0.12mi² (0.31km²)
Max. depth 65ft (17m)
Shore length1 2.87 km
Surface elevation 177ft (54m)
Islands 4
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Rydal Water is a small body of water in the central part 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 (1.18 km) long and varies in width up to a maximum of 380yd (350m), covering an area of 0.12 mi² (0.31 km²). It has a maximum depth of 65 ft (17m) and an elevation above sea level of 177 ft (54m). The lake is both supplied and drained by the river Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards 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]

Numerous walks are possible in the surrounding hills, as well as a walk around the lake itself, which takes in Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both homes to William Wordsworth, and 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.

Etymology[edit]

'Rydal' is " 'the valley where rye is grown', from OE 'ryge' and ON 'dalr' (possibly with encouragement from OE 'dæl'), hence the village and parish situated there....'Rydal Water' was formerly 'Routhmere', the lake of the Rothay, which runs eastwards through it.".[2] "'Wæter' OE,'water' ModE the dominant term for 'lake'....[3] ON=Old Norse; OE=Old English.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Parker, 2004, page 35
  2. ^ Whaley, Diana (2006). A dictionary of Lake District place-names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. pp. lx,423 p.288. ISBN 0904889726. 
  3. ^ Whaley, 2006, p.422

Bibliography[edit]

  • Parker, John Wilson (2004). An Atlas of the English Lakes. Cicerone Press. ISBN 1-85284-355-1.