17th January 2009

Not Just Loughrigg Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 13.20
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 1730 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rydal Church - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Ivy Crag - Lilly Tarn - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking next to Rydal Church

The roadside parking area runs from the church up hill towards Rydal Mount. Even though there is room for quite a few cars, this is a very popular place indeed and you will need to arrive early if you hope to get a space.

Just around the corner you'll find the Badger Bar offering food and drink.

The parking is actually free, but there is an honest box on the fence next to the church for those who are grateful for a days cheap parking.


Route Map

Rydal Church catches a little sunlight as we set off for a walk up Loughrigg Fell.

Walking past a deserted Rydal Water. Quite different to what you find here in summer when the place is packed with visitors.

I've no idea what happened here, but I've used the picture anyway. It helps to show just how much water there was about today.

Looking out of Rydal Cave towards Nab Scar.

And a view of the entrance.

Following the higher of the paths between the cave and Loughrigg Terrace you get a fine view across to Nab Scar.

Dunmail Raise seen beyond Grasmere. On the left hand side of the road is Steel Fell; while on the right you have Seat Sandal, and of course Helm Crag behind the lake.

And not such a close up view.

Sunshine at Loughrigg Fell summit. The fells in line with the top of the trig point are the Langdale Pikes.

To say the least, it was a bit breezy on the top today, no doubt this was a foretaste of the storm force winds that had been forecast to move across Cumbria this afternoon. This was actually the reason for choosing to walk here today. If by some chance the bad weather had arrived early, then Loughrigg offers lots of options to cut the walk short, or as it turned out, to keep adding bits on to make the walk a little longer.

This picture more or less sets the scene for the whole of Loughrigg Fell. A fantastic place to explore indeed, with a spiders web of paths criss-crossing the fell in every direction imaginable. This is a place where sticking to a pre-planned route just doesn't seem the right thing to do. There are so many view points and amongst the confusion of undulations there are many pools to draw you away from your intended course.
I must have been up here well over twenty times over the years and I don't think I've ever taken the same route twice.

Elterwater, Chapel Stile, Great Langdale and the Langdale Pikes.

Looking down to the lovely Loughrigg Tarn.


"Do you fancy going across to Lilly Tarn? It should be nice across there while the sun is out."

It was still very nice, but I shouldn't have mentioned the sun being out.

A rather grey looking view across to Windermere.

In keeping with our fell wandering, make it up as you go along approach to walking we decided to head down to Ambleside. After all, it didn't look like we were ever going to pass a cake shop up here !!!

That's clever I thought. How on earth do they manage to balance those stones like that. Then I saw the (something ???) binding them together.


Ambleside was very quiet today. It's a good job it was January and not June, otherwise I wouldn't try to stand in the middle of this road to get a photo on a Saturday afternoon.

Mmmmm, , , pies, cakes, bread, sausage rolls and sandwiches; and to think it could all be ours for a simple exchange of funds.
Thankfully Jennifer didn't exchange enough funds to buy them all, but the apple flapjack was very nice. Even if did only get one piece.

It was lovely walking through Rydal Park; with no wind and just the faintest hint of warmth from the sun. Although ahead of us Nab Scar was looking decidedly black.

Rydal Hall.
I know it's only a small place but we still call it home, , , well, we can all dream can't we. To tell the truth, the amount of time I'd have to spend cleaning the windows would put me off buying this place.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks