7th September 2008

Around Loughrigg Fell


Walk Overview
Time 08.00 to 11.20
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 1570 ft
Walking with On my own
Walthwaite Bottom - Road to Loughrigg Tarn - Below Ivy Crag - Lilly Tarn - Brow Head Farm - Pelter Bridge - Rydal Cave - Loughrigg Terrace - High Close YHA - Walthwaite Bottom
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater

Elterwater is such a popular village with visitors to the Lake District that the car park in the centre of the village and also the roadside around its edges soon become clogged up with cars. This car park appears to act as an overspill, although I suspect this one fills up just as quickly as the others.

Parking is free.


Route Map

"That seems a bit strange", I thought to myself as I took this picture.
I mean the big yellow thing in the sky, not the house!

Sorry about the shadow, but it was a case of taking the picture before it went dark again.

It looks like someone has been busy with a paint brush. There are quite a few of these stone signs in this area and all the ones I passed today had been repainted in this way.


Loughrigg Tarn, one of the easiest tarns to reach in the Lake District.

The view down to Skelwith Bridge.

Walking around the southern end of Loughrigg Fell.
I've just had a look through some of the photos I took this time last year and they show a much greener picture of the fells altogether. The bracken is just so much further on than normal, and as if that wasn't bad enough the trees are now starting to turn.

A rather grey looking picture of Windermere.

Lilly Tarn wasn't quite looking its (her) best today, but nonetheless, this is always a nice place to visit.

Looking 'into' the Fairfield horseshoe with the added bonus of a little sunshine on Nab Scar (left).

A close up of Ambleside, or rather part of it.

A very full River Rothay; hardly surprising after all the rain we've had this week.

Heading along the road towards Pelter Bridge.

And Pelter Bridge itself.

Rydal Water is a lovely little lake, ever popular and a firm favourite with none fell walking visitors to the lakes. Not today though; as you can tell from this picture, the place was almost deserted.

Another picture of Rydal Water, this one with Nab Scar behind.


Looking out of Rydal Cave.

Some of the local fish population, found in the big pool by the entrance to the cave.

Rydal Water seen from the end of Loughrigg Terrace.

A close up of Dunmail Raise.

As I was sitting on one of the seats on Loughrigg Terrace to admiring the view of Grasmere, the big yellow thing appeared in the sky again. Very nice too!

After leaving Loughrigg Terrace a nice walk along the road leads back down to Walthwaite Botton, passing High Close Youth Hostel along the way.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks