A walk around Grasmere is a very popular walk for visitors to this popular town. The paths are easy to follow and the views across the lake lovely. The small pebble beach on the southern shore makes a wonderful picnic spot.
Grasmere Lake is in a picture postcard setting and well written about by every creative scribe through the ages. Wordsworth lived on its shores. Grasmere village is very popular and is very pleasant (if sometimes a little busy) to wander around. The shops and eating spots are better than either of its larger neighbours Keswick and Ambleside. Fortunately (and possibly deliberately) there is a restriction on the numbers of cars allowed to park. However coach parties seem to have free reign. Best to visit in the winter months.
Although exploring the town is entertaining every visitor should try and take the walk round the lake. The lake is one of the smallest and the full round should not take long. Although the initial and final sections are on the road the remainder is on lakeside paths and very enjoyable.
The highlights are the pebbly beach near the ford of the Rothay River and the copse of woodland near White Moss. They define the circuit of Grasmere with the views over the lake/village and up to Dunmail Raise popular with photographers through the ages. The trees reach to the lapping water, sometimes underwater after heavy rain. The island in the centre of the lake is privately owned which is a shame because William and Dorothy Wordsworth found it an excellent picnic spot!
If you have the energy do climb Loughrigg Fell, one of my favourite small Lakeland Fells. It rises to the south of the lake.
The path to the lakeside from the road leaves is just under one mile from the centre of Grasmere. It is well signposted.
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