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Rydal Water

Like Grasmere, Rydal Water is a small glacial lake, and at under a mile long and only 50ft deep in parts is one of the regions smallest. The small islands were formed from glacial deposits and are known as drumlins. The fells in this area were extensively mined and evidence of some of the stone quarries can still be seen near here.

There is a wealth of culture within 25 minutes of Smallwood House Hotel. For up to date information visit:

Certain times of the year there are a variety of local theatre productions. Local events include the Lake District Sheep Dog Trials, the Rydal Sheep Dog Trials, Grasmere Sports, Ambleside Sports and Ambleside Flower Show.

Grasmere has Dove Cottage with Rydal Mount close by, both former homes of William Wordsworth. Sawrey is where Beatrix Potter's characters sprang to life. At Grizedale Forest you'll find a fascinating sculputure trail, while Brantwood (John Ruskin's home) offers you an insight into the life of this influential writer. It is this unique mix which ensures such a memorable and fulfilling holiday for mind and body.

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