13th November 2010

Around Loughrigg Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 13.20
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Rydal Church - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Tarn - Lilly Tarn - Clappersgate - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal Church
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

Church Cottage, found just down the road from Rydal Church.

The River Rothay, taken just after, , , , well, crossing it.

Rydal Water was deserted this morning, , , and so was the path around the edge.


Looking back along Loughrigg Terrace.

Between the end of Loughrigg Terrace and the road at Red Bank you follow this lovely walled lane. Notice the fence posts, placed into holes in the stones.

Back in the sunshine now and considering the time of year, it really was quite warm.

Looking across to Wetherlam and Lingmoor Fell.

Looking across to Oaks, that's the farm not the trees.

Given the luxury of choice, I'm not sure if I'd pick this exact spot to live, but I have to admit the setting above Loughrigg Tarn is simply gorgeous.

Loughrigg Tarn in front of the partially sunlit Langdale Pikes.
The house in the previous picture is the one you can see on the right.

I know it's probably wrong to think of one area of a fell as being the back, but this is the side of Loughrigg Fell that I always describe as its backside or even its back [space] side.

This is the section of the walk where I spent time on the path linking Tarn Foot and Brow Head Farm. Just after passing over the top of the path, I turned off to the right and headed to Lilly Tarn.

From somewhere around the same spot, a view back towards Wetherlam and the Coniston fells topped with cloud.
The low point on the distant skyline is Wrynose Pass with Cold Pike and Pike O'Blisco to the right.

I had a sit on a rock next to Lilly Tarn for ten minutes before I carried on and it was definitely a Marry Poppins moment; no, I wasn't flying a kite, I mean it was "practically perfect in every way", or in my own words, it was ten minutes of utter peacefulness.

Windermere, seen from the rocky section near Lilly Tarn.

and from the same spot, a view across to Ambleside and Wansfell Pike.
The darker fells in the distance are Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick and Ill Bell.


Walking through Ambleside.
I could have easily avoided walking through the town, but there was actually a book I was wanting to buy. On the back of a comment I made on our Wansfell Pike walk a couple of weeks ago, a regular visitor to the website emailed me with some information about Stockghyll Force. He also told me the name of the book that had the information in, so here I am, and thankfully it was in stock.

Stock Ghyll.

Walking through Rydal Park.

and looking across the fields in Rydal Park.

Rydal Hall.
Before I go any further, you should know the shadow on the bottom right of the picture is not me.

The lower Rydal Beck waterfalls. This picture was taken through the window from the inside of the small viewing station known as The Grot.
The bridge above the falls was built by Sir Daniel Fleming in 1682, although I should think he didn't actually do any of the work himself.

This small building called the Grotto (listed Grade II) was built by Sir Daniel Fleming in 1668-9. He referred to it in his accounts as the Grot and "My Grott House". It is a simple stone building with a door on the south side and a window on the north side giving a view of the waterfall, the plunge pool and the bridge. The interior was originally panelled and the accounts show that this and the glazing, cost more than the rest of the building.

The building is unique and is Britain's earliest known purpose built viewing station.

This area became very popular for visitors in the late 18th century. The visitor was led along a route to the Grot in such a way that the view of the waterfall was not visible until the door was opened, revealing it framed by the window on the opposite wall.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks