Rydal

Rydal

Rydal

Parking at Rydal is limited, and below are listed the places that you can park for free. Remember the whole area between Ambleside and Grasmere Village can be very busy with visitors, many of whom will also need to park a car. There are pay-to-stay car parks at Pelter Bridge and White Moss Common.

Rydal is just under a mile long and a quarter of a mile wide and is split into two basins by the central islands. The south basin is deeper than the north. The main species of interest to the angler are pike, perch and roach.

The pike especially are present in substantial numbers, averaging seven or eight pounds but with plenty of doubles and twenties to satisfy the specialist angler. A new fishery record was set in 2005 with a magnificent fish that bottomed out a set of 31lb Avon scales.

The western shore has a public footpath along the shoreline which varies from busy to incredibly busy. The eastern shore is a different prospect altogether giving permit holders access to the more private shoreline alongside the A591.

As with Grasmere, parking can be difficult. You might squeeze in by the church in Rydal Village, or into a pull-in close to the Glen Rothay Hotel.

Fishery Rules

  • Fishing from boats is not permitted on Rydal, nor is overnight camping.
  • Rydal water is two miles north of Ambleside on the A591. Pelter Bridge car park is left over the narrow bridge just before Rydal village, then immediately right. White Moss car park is at the northern end of the lake, accessed from the A591.
  • The nearest permit agents are the tourist information centre in Ambleside or Waterhead Marine on the A591 at the southern end of the town.
  • Permit holders agree to read and comply with the fishery rules as printed below and/or displayed on the fishery notice boards and to comply with the Environment Agency Fishery Bylaws. Failure to do so renders the permit invalid.
  • Fishery open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. No night fishing.
  • Three rods maximum, no keepnets. Flies, lures, worm or deadbait permitted. Maggots may be used except from 15th March until 15th June.
  • Strictly no live bait.
  • No dogs, wading, fires, barbecues, radios, strictly no camping.
  • Fishing is from the highlighted bank only.

Location

Parking 1:

Google maps code: C2W8+X5 Rydal, Ambleside

Coordinates : 54.447500, -2.984611

Parking 2:

Google maps code: C2X6+C7 Rydal, Ambleside

Coordinates: 54.448608, -2.989294

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Day Tickets

Day tickets are available for £10 a day. This is for the use of 3 rods only and are available to fish in the highlighted areas above.

The nearest ticket agent is Barney’s News Box which is 3 miles along the A591 from the lake (Open from 8am to 4.30pm daily). Please see the day tickets page for more information.

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