22nd June 2014

Loughrigg Fell, Lily Tarn and Ambleside


Walk Overview
Time 8am to 12:30pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Early morning sunlight falls on Rydal Church and the lack of movement in the flag tells us there's no need to worry about getting blown off our feet today.

It looks like someone has put a mirror across the surface of lake.

Nab Scar reflections on Rydal Water.



A view across to Silver How from the end of Loughrigg Terrace.

And there's Silver How again, this time you can see Helm Crag, Gibson Knott and Steel Fell in the distance.

With a little height gained, the whole of Grasmere becomes visible. Shortly after taking this picture a large group of people walked past the end of the lake. There has to be at least 50 people so I can only assume it was a coach party being taken to view the lake at close quarters.

Looking down the zig zag path we'd taken from Loughrigg Terrace.


I'm not quite at the top but this is still a great vantage point. Over there are the Coniston fells (left), Lingmoor Fell, Pike O'Blisco , Crinkle Crags (centre) and Bow Fell, Esk Pike and the Langdales (right).

I reached the top of Loughrigg Fell about a minute ahead of Jennifer, she got there a couple of minutes ahead of some other folk and I suspect for the rest of the day people would have been coming and going continually. It was lovely up here today and it's hardly surprising that this is a very popular fell indeed.


A close up of Elterwater.

Looking across to the Coniston Fells.

It was absolutely stunning at Lily Tarn this morning and as an added bonus for us, the seat was unoccupied so we claimed it as our spot for an early lunch. The other bonus for this was that despite the amount of cloud knocking about, we stayed in sunshine for the whole walk.



From the tarn we head down to Ambleside.

Now I look across to the Fairfield Horseshoe. Fairfield doesn't look like the highest point from this angle.

We're off the fell now and Ambleside displays all the hustle and bustle you'd expect at the height of summer.
I wonder how many people get knocked over by cars along here. If you've ever walked down this pavement you'll agree that you really do take your life in your hands.

Right, now's your chance. There's a 10 second gap between two cars so I stepped onto the road to take this picture of Bridge House.
Same bridge, same house different angle.

You have a few options to get from Ambleside to Rydal. Today, we headed through the grounds of Rydal Hall where it's always worth donating a little time to have a look around.

On the way we walked through The Quiet Garden, mainly because it takes you down to the waterfalls, but also to see the items in the garden itself.

The waterfall seen from The Grott.

Gardens at Rydal Hall.

and Rydal Hall itself.

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