18th February 2006

The Fairfield Horseshoe.


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 15.00
Duration 6 hr 5 min
Distance 12 mile
Ascent 3655 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Rydal Head - Hart Crag - Dove Crag - High Pike - Low Pike - Low Sweden Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - 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

On the drive through to Rydal I saw this nice view of the North Western fells behind Keswick with a band of cloud hanging in the valley.

From the path a little further on from Nab Scar, looking down the cloud lingering in the area between Rydal Water and Grasmere.


Zooming in on the end of Windermere and the dispersing cloud inversion we had been watching almost from the start of the walk.

Up in the snow on Great Rigg and looking back down the ridge to this view of Windermere on the left and Coniston on the right.
The area of fell under the cloud is Heron Pike.

Great Rigg from the path below Fairfield.

A close up picture of Scafell fells (left) and Great Gable / the higher Western fells on the right.

Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag taken from Fairfield.

Looking towards the Far Eastern fells from the path down to Link Hause.

Place fell with a little sunshine on its summit.
As we were walking from Hart Crag to Dove Crag the cloud was quickly being replaced by blue sky and by the time we reached Dove Crag summit the sun finally reached us.

Perfect conditions on Dove Crag.

From Dove Crag again, looking in the opposite direction to Windermere.
Coniston can be seen on the right of the picture.

Great Rigg and Fairfield below the edge of the weather front that was moving across the Lake District. Because of the size of the cloud (edge) I just couldn't get a picture of the whole thing, but it had the most fantastic arc shape which we could actually see moving away from us.

Dove Crag from our route to High Pike.

Looking back along the wall which we followed down the ridge almost as far as Low Sweden Bridge.

From Low Pike summit with High Pike on the left, the double summit of Little Hart Crag on the right and Scandale running into the picture from the bottom right.

Ambleside and Windermere taken from the path down from Low Pike.

Nook End Farm with the Heron Pike side of the Horseshoe behind.

The Heron Pike side of the Horseshoe again, this time taken from the track through Rydal Park.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks