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 are pike, roach, perch and eels.
The pike especially are present in substantial numbers, averaging seven or eight pounds but with plenty of doubles and twenties to satisfy the specimen hunter. A new fishery record was set in 2005 with a magnificent fish that bottomed out a set of 31lb Avons. As with most of the area's pike fisheries the best sport is usually during the summer months and good bags of fish can be amassed. Lure fishing and deadbaiting both take plenty of fish.
The western bank 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 but after that the free car park at Pelter Bridge or the more expensive option at at White Moss Common are the alternatives.
Boats are not permitted on Rydal, nor is overnight camping.
This is a WADAA fishery and can be fished on the same day permit as that for Grasmere. The nearest permit agents are the tourist information centre in Ambleside or Waterhead Marine on the A591 at the southern end of the town. Day permits are £8.00.