04/06/2020

Loughrigg Fell circular walk, via Grasmere, Windermere & Rydal Water

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
Stunning views of Loughrigg Tarn from Loughrigg Fell with the Langdale Pikes in the distance


A walk up Loughrigg Fell - my best Lake District walk in the Ambleside/Windermere area


Distance: 5.19 miles

Time: 4 hours (including plenty of stops)

Difficulty: Moderate


Loughrigg Fell map walk Windermere Ambleside Grasmere
[Map: Click to enlarge] This walk can be done from Ambleside but on this occasion we start from White Moss Car Park. It's best done in an anti-clockwise direction in my opinion, with great views of Grasmere on the ascent, then Loughrigg Tarn into the Langdales and finally of Windermere and Rydal Water

Heading over the beck from White Moss Car Park, where it will cost you around £5 for a few hours (there are also toilet facilities here)

White Moss wood is a lovely little woodland to walk through

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
As we climb the little hill to Loughrigg Terrace we get a glimpse of Rydal Water - which we will return past later. The weather is beautiful today - nice and sunny - perfect for some great views! 

A glimpse of Loughrigg Fell and we take a right here to Loughrigg Terrace - later we will come from the path on the left

The path along Loughrigg Terrace

Loughrigg Terrace gives stunning views of Grasmere

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
Grasmere looks amazing from up here and it's a nice place to stop on one of the few benches on Loughrigg Terrace and soak it all up

Heading up the steps to Loughrigg Fell - this is the steepest part of the walk and you will want to take many opportunities to "admire the view" (take a breather :-)

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
Grasmere from higher up

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
The last view of Grasmere as we approach the summit of Loughrigg Fell




Still a bit to go to reach the actual summit of Loughrigg Fell!

You get some really nice views into the  Langdale valley up here too

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
Made it - the summit and the first view of Windermere

On the summit looking towards the Langdales

Looking at the path we've just care up with Grasmere poking through in the distance

You can also see Elterwater from up here



On the decent the path to take is to the left on the cairn - the more well-market path to take

Th path is pretty easy to follow throughout this walk

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
You'll get some amazing views of Loughrigg Tarn on this walk also - as you can imagine this place also looks beautiful in the autumn!

Heading towards Windermere

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
Stopping to again admire the views of Loughrigg Tarn - absolutely stunning

As long as you stick to the well-defined paths you can't get lost up here

The stone walls in the Lake District are a thing to admire - so much time must have went into their construction

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
I get a bit snap happy of Loughrigg Tarn with the Langdale Pikes in the distance - I love the composition of the view

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
I decide to stay here a while, bask in the sun and admire the stunning views of Loughrigg Tarn from Loughrigg Fell with the Langdale Pikes in the distance

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
You get the best views of Windermere from Ivy Crag and its another great place to stop

Quite a few paths intersect here so be mindful to choose the right one! On this walk we turn left

Loughrigg Fell Langdale Windermere Ambleside Walk map route Grasmere Lake District lakes
Heading downhill now to Rydal Water

It's nice and sheltered on this section the walk next to Fox Ghyll and the quietest part - I don't pass anyone here

The bridge over Fox Ghyll



Bonus - there's an ice-cream van at Pelter Bridge :-)

The path now heads towards Rydal Water

A chance to enjoy another stop on the shores of Rydal Water

Once on Rydal Water - take the path that leaves the shoreline path towards the disused quarries as there're some old caves there that you can explore

Cave 1!

Rydal caves water walk route where
Cave 2 - you can actually go into this cave at Rydal Water

Rydal caves water walk route where
It's pretty big in here

Its not a leisurely stroll back down to White Moss Woods

The walk finishes where it started - White Moss Woods :-)


If you are interested in seeing a short interactive video of the route and where certain photos where taken - have a look of the video below:




As ever I hope you have enjoyed this little write up and photos and it inspires you to want to visit the area and give the route a go.  If you have any questions about this route - just post a comment and I'll try and answer. 

Blog Post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'


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