Rydal is more a hamlet than a village per se and is located on the road between Grasmere and Ambleside in the Rothay Valley. Rydal owes its fame chiefly as home to William Wordsworth for 37 years.
Opposite the hamlet lies Rydal Water somewhat less than a mile long but nevertheless of great beauty particularly early morning when mist lies over the lake. There is a walk around the lake itself which includes Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount and Rydal Cave an impressive cavern in the hill above the lake. The National Trust have provided a picnic area for visitors to the lake.
Wordsworth’s Seat can be found at the western end of the lake and it is believed to have been one of Wordsworths favourite views.
Within the hamlet is St Mary's Rydal Church which dates back to 1824 and the church is open every day to visitors.
Rydal Hall is owned by the Church of England and is now utilised for holidays and conferences. The gardens surrounding Rydal Hall are open to the public, admission is free, and there is also a tea shop.