28th October 2007

Browns and golds between Lily Tarn and Loughrigg Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 1541 ft
Walking with On my own
Rydal - Pelter Bridge - Brow Head Farm - Lily Tarn - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Water - 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

Pelter Bridge which crosses the River Rothay. The main A591 is on the opposite side of the bridge.

For initial section of today's walk I followed this narrow road which runs alongside the River Rothay. The road does in fact continue as far as Rothay Bridge on the outskirts of Ambleside, today however, I turned off the road shortly after passing Fox How Farm.

Shortly after leaving the road the view "into" the Fairfield horseshoe opened up. The large building just in the shade is Rydal Hall.

I took this picture in the small area of woodland near Brow Head Farm, just after crossing what must be the most dangerous stile in the Lake District. It was so slippery and the angle of the stile was so bad, that after hanging on for dear life on the way up, there was no way I was even going to try and stand on the top where there was nothing to hold onto. It was a choice between turning back and taking the longer route round or in my case putting one foot on the wall, taking a deep breath and throwing myself over.
I don't suppose I'll ever make it as a gymnast, but I'm sure this performance would have earned me at least 5 out of 10 for originality.

Lily Tarn; the main aim of today's walk. In our early fell walking days, we used to visit this tarn regularly, but, and for no particular reason, this is the first time I've been here in the last five years or so. I'm just glad the sun was out, so I could see it at its best.

To put it simply, this really is a beautiful place !

From the two rocky highpoints found a couple of minutes walk from Lily Tarn you're treated to some fantastic views. Down to the Waterhead area of Ambleside as seen in this picture, or, ,

, , to the main centre of Ambleside, , or , ,

, , down the length of Windermere.
It's well worth the short detour to reach these viewpoints and once you get there you'll be more than a little reluctant to carry on walking; especially on a lovely day like today.

I never heard a thing, but it must have put some pile of rain down last night. The roads were flooded in a couple of places on the drive through and everywhere was so wet under foot. This photo taken from Todd Crag shows a flooded section of the River Brathay. Notice the line of trees, under water.


Autumn colours around Loughrigg Tarn.

And from the same place, looking into Great Langdale.

Heading to Loughrigg Fell summit. As I said earlier "everywhere was so wet under foot".

A close up of Elterwater.

Loughrigg Fell summit.

If it wasn't for the change in landscape from green fields to Bracken clad fellside then you could argue that Dunmail Raise almost looks flat from this angle. Although I thought it best not to say this to the large group of cyclists (40 - 50 of them) who were nearly all pushing their bikes up the road as I drove past them on the way home.

Walking down to Rydal Water in warm sunshine.

The view down Rydal Water.



A glimpse of Church Cottage.

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Lake District Walks