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The Location of Rydal, The Lake District, Cumbria

It took us several years to find the perfect location for our Yurts. Rydal is the quintessential heart of The Lake District. On one side you have the ornate gardens of the stately home Rydal Hall. On the other are found ancient woodland & open fell side. What makes this a truly wonderful site for a relaxing break is that once you have arrived you can walk everywhere. There is enough to keep you occupied without going near a car for more than a fortnight.





Stay in one of our Yurts and be only a hundred metres away from Rydal Beck. From your bed you are within earshot of its spectacular series of stunning waterfalls and plunge pools. The Yurts nestle beneath a century old grove of giant redwood Sequioadendron giganteum and look down onto a thousand year old Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa.

Rydal is where the Poet Laureate William Wordsworth lived and his home Rydal Mount is Open to visitors. It is from here that he would stage his numerous walking trips. From his door you can follow his footsteps up Fairfield, Loughrigg, Red Screes, Wansfell, Rydal Mount or choose to follow the bottom of the valley around Rydal Water, Grasmere Lake and along the River Rothay (by which we have found otter scat when doing a survey for the Environment Agency). On your way around Rydal Water you can explore Rydal Caves and heading into Ambleside you can cross the popular stepping stones.

Rydal is set on 30 acres of grounds in the heart of The Lake District. The possibilities for walking are limitless. On the grounds at Rydal are the beautifully restored historic gardens and secluded quiet garden for contemplation. There are acres of woodland with a beck and waterfalls and a good footpath to Ambleside and Grasmere. Rydal has the perfect mixture of relaxation, stimulus and retreat for body, mind and spirit. There is an Organic Vegetable Garden on site with chickens and Orchards. Ask one of the volunteer gardeners for a tour. It is a very old site that has a serene air. People remark on the inherent calm of the site. It has ancient and very special heritage trees and uniquely to the UK a plethora of ‘epiphytes’, plants and trees living off plants and trees, just like in the jungle. Come experience it for yourself.

The yurts are located exclusively at the top of Rydal Hall's camping field with the very best views. However please note, you cannot drive your car to the yurt and it is a steep walk up to the yurts. Please pack accordingly and bring sensible shoes... You won't regret it. It's beautiful and keeps you healthy.

Things to do at Rydal

  • Ramblers Teashop
  • Wordsworth Cottage at Rydal Mount
  • The Best fell walks in the Lakes
  • Adventure Playground for children
  • Historical Gardens
  • Rydal Caves
  • Rydal Waterfalls walk
  • Badger Bar - Pub and Restaurant
  • Ambleside shopping and Night life
  • Canoe the River Rothay
  • Swim in Rydal Water and numerous plunge pools
  • World of Football Museum
  • Armitage Museum
  • Windermere Lake Cruises
  • Adventure Activities
Within sight of the Yurts children can play on a wooden adventure playground with a rope swing, cargo net, log bridge, balancing poles and wires and much more.

The village has a fabulous pub ‘The Badger’s Bar’ where you can enjoy real ale and fine foods next to a roaring hearth only 5 minutes away. Weekends often feature live music by local bands. Out the back local badgers feed almost every night at 21.30 ish.

Above & Beyond Rydal

Immediately behind Rydal there is the Birk Hagg open access wood with Rydal Beck cutting down through the middle. There is a series of beautiful and inspiring waterfall and plunge pools. You can walk and swim in theses and then go further on to find even more beautiful treasures. These are the pools and path the poet Wordsworth swam and walked in every day of his life. Pool by pool you are immersed into serene relaxation.

The Lake District is full of exquisite watering holes, which are absolute bliss on a warm summers day. Imagine easing into crystal clear water bounded by pebble beaches and natural lawns. Plunge into the frothing swirl of water. Large graceful sweeps of naked sun warmed rocks and crazy cracked boulders great for clambering on. Naturally occurring Jacuzzis craved into streambeds into which you can immerse yourself and have water pour over your shoulders.