"The still lake, and the stream meandering through the grassy meadows, complete the effect, and justify the poet's words:
Turn where we may, said I, we cannot err
In this delicious region"
[Black's Guide to the English Lakes - ed. Gordon-Home, p108]
Rydal is one of the smallest lakes in the district, and has a beautiful style and intimate feel of its own. It is part of the chain-like course of the River Rothay, which weaves its way through Grasmere and Rydal towards the open reaches of Windermere.
This archetypal painting of Rydal Water was produ"un gleams pick up the notes of green and gold, whilst the cloud banks recede steadily to the north and rich glassy relections on the lake are produced by the adept blending of cool green, yellow, grey and blue tones.
The track caressing the left-handside disappears around a distant corner, but eventually leads toward the beauteous vale of Grasmere, once a favourite walk of Wordsworth's.