28th January 2007

An unusual combination - Loughrigg Fell and Alcock Tarn from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 13.50
Duration 4 hr
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2680 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere Village - Grasmere (lake) - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route - Alcock Tarn - Greenhead Gill - Grasmere Village
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the homesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

Seat Sandal still hanging onto a little of the snow we had during the previous week and Stone Arthur, seen from the road leaving Grasmere Village.

And again, taken from a little further along the road. The route for today's walk was one I'd been intentionally keeping for conditions like today; not quite the best day to be on the higher fells, but still good enough to gain a little height along the way. Both Loughrigg Fell and Alcock Tarn are places I've been to many times before, but never during the same walk.

After continuing along the road for a little while I took the path down to the lake and followed the shore line almost as far as the weir. Surprisingly I never passed anyone else along this section of the walk. The fell behind the lake is Loughrigg Fell; my only summit of the day, but not the only significant ascent. To reach the summit of Loughrigg from the end of the lake requires approx 900ft of ascent; this is only 50ft or so more than the ascent later in the walk from Whitemoss Common to Alcock Tarn. Definitely a walk of ups then downs or even downs then ups, depending on how you look at things.

The weir end of Grasmere (Lake). A very popular place for family pick-nicks during the warmer months. Just out of the photo on the right of the lake there's a bridge crossing the outflow. If you walk over the bridge and follow the path to the left of this picture, within five minutes walk you reach the A591. You can then turn left and follow the pavement back into Grasmere. A lovely walk in itself, if you don't want to do the ups and downs or if you don't want to stray too far from Grasmere village.

Gaining a little height now on the path up to Loughrigg Fell and the views are really opening up.

Windermere seen from a very windy Loughrigg Fell summit.

, , , and the view down to Elterwater / Great Langdale.

, , also from the summit, a close up of Dunmail Raise with Steel Fell on its left and Seat Sandal on the right. I don't think I've noticed it before, and I wouldn't have thought you could see it anyway, but it looks suspiciously like a glimpse of Thirlmere behind the top section of the road.

One of the many unnamed tarns found on Loughrigg Fell. A wonderful place to explore with its spiders web of paths running about the fell in almost every direction.

One of the larger of the tarns passed on the undulating route across Loughrigg Fell.


I don't think it has a name, but this is the top of the higher ground near Lanty Scar.

Time for something to eat outside Rydal Church.

From the old coffin route which runs between Grasmere and Ambleside you get this great view down to Rydal Water with Loughrigg Fell behind.

Up hill again on the lovely route to Alcock Tarn.

And looking in almost the same direction from further up the path.

Alcock Tarn. The drizzle was quite persistent by now; not quite heavy enough to give a good soaking, but annoying all the same.

Following the path above Greenhead Gill down to the A591 next to the Swan Hotel.

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Lake District Walks