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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.
We have introduced Electronic Catch returns on all our waters, for further information please use the following link: Catch Return Instruction

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. Rydal is a large un-stocked natural water; species include: Pike 20lbs+, Perch 4lbs+. Roach, eels and trout. The occasional salmon and sea trout pass through at certain times of the year.

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

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. You must carry this permit with you while fishing.

For full rules please follow this link: Rydal Water Fishery Rules Updated March 24

Please see the depth chart for Rydal:

Day Tickets

The nearest ticket agent is Barney’s News Box which is 3 miles along the A591 from the lake (Open from 10 am to 5 pm daily). Please see the day tickets page for more information.

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