History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Another famous resident was Thomas Arnold, head of Rugby School. Thomas's son was poet Matthew Arnold, who came to Rydal regularly to visit Wordsworth.
The village is really no more than a cluster of houses, a popular hotel, and a church. Rydal Hall is a largely 19th-century mansion owned by the Diocese of Carlisle and used as a conference and event centre.
In the grounds of the Hall is Rydal Falls, where trails lead through heavy woodland to Rydal Beck and a series of waterfalls. Overlooking the falls is a summerhouse known as 'The Grot', which was popular amongst artists coming to Rydal to sketch the waterfalls. Wordsworth wrote of visiting the Grot in his 1793 poem 'An Evening Walk'.
Apart from all the literary associations, there are also attractive walking trails around Rydal Water itself.
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Address: Rydal, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Village
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Rydal Falls - 0.4 miles (Countryside)
Rydal Mount - 0.4 miles (Historic Building)
Rydal Water - 0.5 miles (Countryside)
High Sweden Bridge - 1 miles (Countryside)
Bridge House - 1.2 miles (Historic Building)
Loughrigg Fell - 1.2 miles (Countryside)
Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum - 1.5 miles (Historic Building)
Grasmere - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
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