10th November 2007

A Fairfield Horseshoe


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 14.45
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 12.2 mile
Ascent 3500 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Hart Crag - Dove Crag - High Pike - Low Pike - High Sweden Bridge - Ambleside - 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.


Route Map

A view through the rain to Rydal and Ambleside.

Rydal Water seen from Nab Scar.

Heading up the ridge above Nab Scar.

Looking down to Rydal Head.
Although it had been raining on and off since the start of the walk, so far we'd been sheltered from the wind a little bit. Once we approached the ridge near Heron Pike however, we could tell we were in for a very windy time along the exposed ridge up to Fairfield. Even though we didn't really need it yet, we know this is the last place with any shelter, so now was the time to put on an extra layer.

Up into the clouds we go, and at this point we thought it would last the whole of the higher section of the walk. As it turned out visibility wasn't too bad while we were in the cloud, in fact we didn't really spend very long in the clouds at all.

Grasmere (lake and village) seen from the top of Greenhead Gill.

A view back down the ridge as the clouds parted.

Fairfield summit. Definitely no view from here today.

Looking ahead to Dove Crag from the path off Hart Crag.

And now the view back to Hart Crag, taken from the route up to Dove Crag.

Dove Crag Summit.

One extreme to the other. Black clouds and almost darkness in some places Yet Angletarn Pikes, Boredale Hause and Penrith were enjoying bright sunshine.

The wind was howling as we headed down to High Pike, but this fine wall which the crest of the ridge served us well today by providing more than just a little shelter. We were convinced it was the wind blowing through the wall itself that was making it so noisy. It's a good job the wall is as high as this, by the way. Each time we passed even the slightest gap it was a case of hanging onto your hat. Well, not quite literally, but you know what I mean.

Rain falling on the southern lakes as we make our way to Low Pike.

And a closer picture of Low Pike.

Sunshine on the fields above Rydal.


High Sweden Bridge.

What a difference in the weather as we made our way from High Sweden Bridge to Ambleside

Nab Scar, Heron Pike and Great Rigg.


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Lake District Walks