Despite being one of the Lake District’s more impressive caves, it’s somewhat tricky to get to without a little bit of insider-knowledge.
If you follow a sat nav, it’s not clear where to park and start your walk up to the cave entrance. Some routes start from Ambleside, but if you’re looking to shorten the initial walk and get tackling the incline right away – I’ve got just the map for you.
Where to park for Rydal Cave
It’s Pay & Display, so ensure you have some change to hand. It offers a great starting point for the hike up to Rydal Cave.
From the car park, you can track the left-hand edge of Rydal Water right the way up to the cave mouth.
If you wish, you can take a short detour through a gate to your right, head through the trees and see the well-photographed Rydal Water boathouse from across the lake.
The route and path quality up to the caves
If you wish to pause and break up the hike, there’s a viewpoint looking out over Rydal Water once your clear the woodland. You can also head down to the water’s edge and take in the lake.
Reaching Rydal Cave
You can access the cave’s main chamber by traversing laid out stepping stones – pausing for a great photo opportunity, of course!
The water that covers the cave floor is vibrant in colour and home to a school of small fish. Near the entrance, the slate walls vary greatly in colour and offer countless interesting compositions and photographic opportunities.
Leaving the cave
That’s it! A quick and simple guide to visiting Rydal Cave. I compiled this for those of you with a short time window, who perhaps want to visit the caves the quickest and most convenient way.
If you visit the cave and follow the route above, let me know and send me your photos on Instagram!