Loughrigg Fell

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Grid Ref NY 347 051
Height 1,101 ft

By the way, it's pronounced "luffrigg".
You can probably tell I really like this one !!
 

 

Now this is a real fell walking treat if ever there was one, and somewhere that every fellwalker should try to get to know really well. I don't just mean the quick route to the summit from Loughrigg Terrace, I'm talking about the whole place; everything you find between Loughrigg Terrace, Loughrigg Tarn, Lilly Tarn and Lanty Scar. Getting to the summit is all very well, but it's the rest of the area that holds the attraction here. You have pools and tarns dotted about the place, rocky outcrops, hidden corners and countless hollows and humps, all of which are just waiting to be explored.

I can't think of any other fell that you can access from as many different places as Loughrigg Fell, and once you up here, there are more paths and routes than you can shake a stick at. This is a place to explore at will, rather then sticking rigidly to a plan you made in the living room at home.

At little more than 1000ft asl you'd be forgiven for keeping a visit to Loughrigg Fell for those less than ideal days when the higher fells are under a blanket of cloud or perhaps when the rain is pouring; as it sometimes does around here. I have to admit I've done that very thing myself on lots of occasions. What I've also done however, and what I'd recommend to everyone else, is to forego a walk on the high fells and come here to explore the place on a day with perfect conditions. It's one thing to walk on a fell when the weather is just 'OK' , but to see it at it's absolute best leaves you with a different opinion altogether.

 
 
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Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Rydal Church - Rydal Water - Loughrig Terrace - Loughrigg Fell
2.1 mile / approx 1000 ft ascent
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Speaking as someone who enjoys a lower level walk just as much as a walk on the fells themselves. I recon a walk from Rydal Church to the end of Loughrigg Terrace is just about the nicest mile and a half you'll ever walk. The section alongside Rydal Water is about as tranquil as it gets, and Loughrigg Terrace could easily be described as the perfect path.

The path from Loughrigg Terrace to the summit is easy to follow with lovely views back down to Grasmere and Dunmail Raise beyond.


 

Route suggestion: Rydal Church - Rydal Water - Rydal Caves - Loughrigg Fell
1.6 mile / approx 1000 ft ascent
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At the height of summer, the most difficult part of this route is getting across the road just after setting off. Once you've managed to dodge the traffic, you're taken through some nice woodland and then onto an easy to follow track up to Rydal Caves. The biggest of the caves is fenced off and has a sign informing people of a rock fall. However, you can choose to do what most people do, , , ignore the sign and have a look inside. I should imagine the cave big enough to fit a two story house. Keep a look out for the fish in flooded area at the entrance.

The second half of this route is perhaps better suited to those who wish to explore a little. And although the line I've drawn on the map is a good indication of which route to take, the place really is a spiders web of paths so anyone new to the area may find it a little difficult to stick religiously to my red line; particularly when the bracken is at its highest. Never worry though, as long as you're heading in the correct general direction, a good rule of thumb is to just keep taking the paths that head up hill.


 

Route suggestion: Miller Bridge Ambleside - Miller Brow - Lilly Tarn - Loughrigg Fell
2 mile / approx 1100 ft ascent
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This has got to be my preferred route to ( or even from ) Loughrigg Fell. Apart from the views, there are a couple of bonuses here, the first one is that the walk can be combined with a visit to Ambleside, if you like shops, the big plus however is Lilly Tarn. This is a beautiful place and quite the perfect pick-nick spot.

The remainder of the route to the summit is drawn accurately here, and tends to follow the most prominent path. Having said that, the inexperienced walker might still find it easy to wander onto one of the other paths along the way and before they know it, they'd be heading in the wrong direction altogether.


 

Route suggestion: Skelwith Bridge - Tarn Foot - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Fell
1.6 mile / approx 1000 ft ascent
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I couldn't include a route to Loughrigg Fell without a walk past Loughrigg Tarn could I. The question is, where to start from, , , there are a whole list of possibilities I could have suggested but for no other reason than convenience, I've chosen to start this one from Skelwith Bridge.

The start of the route takes you from the main A593 onto a narrow minor road leading up to Tarn Foot. From here, the road is left behind and you'll find yourself on a broad track with a fine view down to Loughrigg Tarn. If you're inclined to linger for a while, you can easily head down to the waters edge.

The final pull up the side of the fell is probably the steepest ascent there is on Loughrigg. It doesn't last too long, but it will have you puffing and panting your way up.


 

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Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 22

22nd October 2016
  Loughrigg Fell, Loughrigg Tarn and Skelwith Bridge from Elterwater 5 mile about 1200 ft
Walthwaite Bottom - High Close - Deerbolts Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Tarn foot Farm - Skelwith Bridge - Elterwater
 

12th June 2016
  4 easy fells = 1 tough walk - Loughrigg Fell to Lingmoor Fell 15.8 mile about 4800 ft
Walthwaite Bottom - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Skelwith Bridge - Park House - Park - Farm - A593 - side of Park Fell - Black Crag - Iron Keld - Tarn Hows - Tom Gill Waterfalls - Yew Tree Farm - Harry Guards Wood - Uskdale Gap - Holme Fell - Holme Ground Tarn(s) - Hodge Close - Stang End - Little Langdale - Dale End - Lingmoor Fell - Burlington Quarry - Elterwater - Walthwaite Bottom
 

31st August 2015
  Loughrigg Fell, Lily Tarn and Ambleside 6.5 mile 1600 ft
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal
 

4th January 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 3
  Tarns around Loughrigg Fell 7.8 mile 1600 ft
Miller Bridge - Miller Brow - Lily Tarn - Loughrigg Fell Tarn - Loughrigg Fell - The How - Loughrigg Tarn - Oaks - Deer Bolts Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal - Rydal Hall - Ambleside - Miller Bridge
 

22nd June 2014
  Loughrigg Fell, Lily Tarn and Ambleside 6.5 mile 1600 ft
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal
 

24th October 2013
  Loughrigg Fell, Lily Tarn and Ambleside 6.6 mile 1700 ft
Rydal - Rydal Water - Rydal Caves - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal
 

24th January 2013
  Grasmere, Loughrigg Fell and Ambleside 8.7 mile 1800 ft
Grasmere - Redbank Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Fell Tarn - Miller Brow - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal - Rydal Water - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere
 

7th October 2012
  Silver How, Loughrigg Fell and the Coffin Route to Grasmere 10.8 mile 2800 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Fell Tarn - Miller Brow - Rydal - Coffin Route - How Top - Grasmere - A591
 

6th May 2012
  Loughrigg Fell and Lily Tarn 3.6 mile 1200 ft
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal
 

2nd January 2012
  Loughrigg Fell and Lily Tarn 5.8 mile 1200 ft
Pelter Bridge - Rydal Caves - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Miller Brow - road back to Pelter Bridge
 

19th November 2011
  Silver How, Great Langdale and Loughrigg Fell 10.4 mile 2900 ft
Grasmere - Kelbarrow - Silver How - Megs Gill - Harry Place Farm - Great Langdale - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Oaks - Redbank Wood - Grasmere
 

18th June 2011
  Pavey Ark to Loughrigg Fell - Richards first and last 9.6 mile 3300 ft
New Dungeon Ghyll - Stickle Ghyll - Stickle Tarn - North Gully - Pavey Ark - top of Bright Beck - Blea Rigg - Lang How Tarn - Silver How - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Elterwater
 

26th June 2010
  Silver How and Loughrigg Fell 10.4 mile 3050 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Megs Gill - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Caves - Rydal Water - Rydal - Rydal Mount - Coffin route - How Top - Grasmere - A591
 

7th March 2010
  Rydal to Clappersgate via Loughrigg Fell 6.8 mile 1400 ft
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lilly Tarn - Clappersgate - A593 - Ambleside - Rothay Park - Miller Bridge - Fox How - Pelter Bridge - Rydal
 

17th January 2009
  Not Just Loughrigg Fell 7 mile 1730 ft
Rydal Church - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Ivy Crag - Lilly Tarn - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal Church
 

28th October 2007
  Browns and golds between Lily Tarn and Loughrigg Fell 5.6 mile 1541 ft
Rydal - Pelter Bridge - Brow Head Farm - Lily Tarn - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Water - Rydal
 

28th January 2007
  An unusual combination - Loughrigg Fell and Alcock Tarn from Grasmere 8.5 mile 2680 ft
Grasmere Village - Grasmere (lake) - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route - Alcock Tarn - Greenhead Gill - Grasmere Village
 

25th November 2006
  Grasmere to Loughrigg Fell via Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge 7.1 mile 1680 ft
Grasmere - Hunting Stile - Elterwater - Eltermere - Skelwith Bridge - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Fell - Grasmere
 

5th August 2006
  Loughrigg Fell and Loughrigg Tarn from Rydal 5.5 mile 1499 ft
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal
 

5th February 2006
  Low cloud on Loughrigg Fell. 7.5 mile 1706 ft
White Moss Common - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Fell - Brow Head Farm - Pelter Bridge - Rydal Water - White Moss Common
 

20th March 2005
  Grasmere, Rydal and Loughrigg Fell. 7.2 mile 1847 ft
Grasmere - Grasmere (lake) - Loughrigg - Rydal - Rydal Water - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere
 

31st May 2004
  A walk from Grasmere - Silver How to Loughrigg. 7.1 mile 2329 ft
Grasmere - Brigtone Moss - Silver How - Dow Bank - Huntingstile Crag - High close ( YHA ) - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (Lake) - Grasmere.
 



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