7th March 2010

Rydal to Clappersgate via Loughrigg Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 13.40
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lilly Tarn - Clappersgate - A593 - Ambleside - Rothay Park - Miller Bridge - Fox How - Pelter Bridge - Rydal
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

It may have been a cold start to the day, but once we got into the sunshine it soon turned warm and spring like. Today was indeed a sure reminder that winter is on the way out and spring is just around the corner.

Peace and quite at Rydal Water.

Nab Cottage.

Between Rydal Water and Loughrigg Terrace we passed by this ruin, and despite there being quite a few cars parked up everywhere at the start, we still hadn't seen anyone else since we set off.

Looking down to Grasmere.

Loughrigg Fell summit in front of Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.

And again, this time in front of Seat Sandal, Heron Pike, Dunmail Raise and Nab Scar (amongst other things).

Once past the summit Loughrigg Fell's undulating character soon becomes apparent. This is a fantastic place with a spiders web of paths running all over the place.

On route to Lilly Tarn we passed by a number of small pools and tarns, these two being just about the biggest of the bunch.


Lilly Tarn; peace, quiet and relaxation at it's best.

Reflections at Lilly Tarn, or at least there was until a family turned up with a few kids, all of which felt the need to start throwing sticks and stones into the water. Never mind, we were just about to leave anyway.

A view down Windermere.

Rather than head straight down to Ambleside (seen here) we decided to add a little extra distance onto the walk by taking the path down to Clappersgate. It may have resulted in a bit of roadside walking, but to be honest it was so nice to be out it didn't matter.

I'm not sure which one is the zig and which one is the zag, but there's no arguing that this section of path is made up of both.

Heading down to Clappersgate.

Miller Bridge found on the outskirts of Ambleside next to Rothay Park. Judging by the debris we saw, if I'd been standing here during the floods last November I would literally have been up to my neck in it.


Stepping stones over the River Rothay. I know it's easily remedied, but even with the number of times I've been here, I've never actually walked across these stones; maybe next time!

I'm assuming these guys were on some sort of training exercise rather than an actual rescue because they were circling about, landing and taking off again, and flying up and down the valley over and over again.

It was packed by the time we got back to Pelter Bridge. People were swarming everywhere and cars were jostling for that elusive space, but at least the ice cream van was in residence with a decent stock of strawberry cones on board. And although it was nice, £1.60 was a bit steep for something a five year old would think inadequate.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks