Loughrigg Fell

Loughrigg Fell (from Ambleside)

Lake District – South East

Route: Ambleside Rydal Road car park – Rothay Park – Miller Brow – Loughrigg Fell (335) – Deerbolts Woods – Grasmere lake – Rydal Water – River Rothay

Distance: 7.9 miles Ascent: 400 m Time: 3 hours

OS Map: OL 7 The English Lakes, South-eastern area

Parking / Start Point: Ambleside Rydal Road car park

Standing on the top of Loughrigg you realise you don’t need to climb a mountain to get fine views. On a clear day, the views from Loughrigg are as good as any in the Lakes.

From the car park, head back down into the village before turning right to pass St Mary’s Church and primary school and then through Rothay Park. Cross the river, turn right and then left up a steep lane / bridleway, eventually leading onto the open fell.

Once on the fell, there are a myriad of paths, some mapped, others not. Not all lead to the summit, so careful navigation is needed. In poor visibility it would be all too easy to get lost up here.

From the trig point the descent is steep and, in places, loose under foot. Head into Deerbolts Woods, eventually taking the sharp right turn down towards the shores of Grasmere.

Past the weir, head across the bridge and follow the path along the river, eventually crossing back over on the elegant White Moss Bridge. Follow the signs for Ambleside, along the southern shore of Rydal Water and thereafter along the River Rothay.

The Bridge House, Ambleside
Rothay Park – Turning Point sculpture
Bridge from Rothay Park over the River Rothay
Lane leading up to Loughrigg Fell
The Fairfield Horseshoe
View across Loughrigg Fell to the Fairfield Horseshoe
The summit
View from the summit looking up the valley towards Thirlmere, with Dollywaggon Pike to the right
Loughrigg Fell summit trig
Windermere
Grasmere
Heading down towards Grasmere
Across Grasmere – Helm Crag to the right
Weir
White Moss Bridge
The Rothay River in spate
Rydal Water

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