Rydal Hall and Rydal Church

Rydal Hall gardens and Rydal Church were the stars of our walk yesterday. Setting off from White Moss, just down the path from Brockstone Cottage, this wonderful walk always offers something new. Yesterday, the Rhododendrons at St Mary’s Rydal Church were splendid. Here’s Rydal Church outlined against a clear blue Lake District sky yesterday.

Rydal Church

St Mary’s Rydal , May

You can find more lovely May  flower photos on the gardens and flowers page of our website .of our Onwards through the lovely church yard to Rydal Hall Gardens, where the tulips in the formal garden are coming to an end but still looking good. The gardens were designed by celebrated Lake District gardener Thomas Mawson. Here’s an interesting article about Thomas Mawson, who was responsible for many great Gardens in the Lakes and elsewhere in the early 20th Century.

Rydal hall formal garden

Tulips in Rydal Hall garden


The herbaceous border is ready to burst into life. The gardener has cleverly planted patches of vibrant tulips at intervals to give early interest. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to see how this border has burst into life.

Rydal Hall border

Herbaceous Border early May

For more information about this beautiful walk around Rydal Water you can read a description of  “A circular Walk Round Rydal Water” that I wrote as a guide. You can also find more about circular walks from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage and from White Moss by clicking here .

We paused at the delightful Old School Tearoom for a tasty sandwich and a cuppa. We resisted the cakes- hard to do!

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