One of the Lake District’s smaller lakes, Rydal Water is just 1.18 km (0.75 mi) long. The southern half is leased by the National Trust while the northern half is privately owned by the Rydal Hall Estate. Camping and boating are not allowed, but swimming and fishing are – pike, roach, perch and eels are the main catches. The eastern shore is quieter for anglers than the west. A circular walk around the lake’s perimeter takes around 2 hours, and there are plenty of other walks in the surrounding moorlands and fells. Rydal Caves, former slate quarries, are a feature in the area.