Saturday, 21 May 2011
The Grot at Rydal
We spent a day exploring around Rydal Water, one of the Lake District's smallest lakes, and Rydal Hall, a historic house that originally belonged to the le Fleming family. It is now a Christian conference centre and retreat house, run by the Diocese of Carlisle. It has lovely, formal gardens laid out in 1909 by Thomas Mawson and now restored. They incorporate a series of natural waterfalls crashing down a ravine. The little building, called The Grot (grotto) was built around 1669 as a 'window' from which to view the lower Rydal Beck falls. Nearby is a teashop in the Old School Room, which I can testify had excellent cake!
Rydal Hall is not to be confused with the nearby Rydal Mount, home of the poet William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850.