OS GRID REF:- NY3505
N 54° 26.584 W 002° 59.789
Rydal Cave is situated on Loughrigg Fell and is actually a man-made cavern, which was formerly known as Loughrigg Quarry. The cave has been hollowed out of a rocky outcrop which overlooks picturesque Rydal Water. Over two hundred years ago, Rydal Cave was a busy working quarry supplying excellent quality roofing slate to the surrounding local villages.
The cave forms a dramatic mini ampitheatre, the entrance framed by jutting, angular rocks, much of which is now flooded by a stagnant pool, which abounds with small fish and insect life.
Rydal Cave Interior
The cave can be accessed by a short walk along Loughrigg Fell, ample parking is provided at the nearby car park at White Moss Common on the A591.
Several large blocks of stone have recently fallen from the ceiling of the cave (2009). Visitors are advised for safety reasons to keep out, anyone doing so enters at their own risk.