2nd January 2012

Loughrigg Fell and Lily Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 12.50
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Pelter Bridge - Rydal Caves - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Miller Brow - road back to Pelter Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car Park, Pelter Bridge

This is quite a small car park with room for perhaps 20 cars. With this being a popular area it tends to fill up very quickly during the busier times of year. Apart from the opportunity to ‘overspill’ onto the road there aren’t any sneaky places close by so if you’re a late comer, it’s likely that you’ll have to go elsewhere.

During summer there’s usually an ice cream van here. The ice creams are nice, the prices are high and the portions are small, , , , the decision is yours!

As of January 2012 the car park is free


Route Map

Rydal Water, taken as we head up to the caves.

The sun was out later in the walk so those who don't like brightness may want to wear dark glasses to look at these pictures..

Nab Scar above Rydal Water.

Inside Rydal Cave and although it was dry outside today, we were getting dripped on in here.

Looking across to Silver How.

From left to right - Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Rydal Water, Low Pike and Red Screes.

Looking across to Lingmoor Fell, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell under cloud, and the Langdales.

A close up of Dunmail Raise which looks as though it runs straight into Thirlmere.

Loughrigg Fell summit and yes folks, the sun was out today.


A view back towards the summit. Not the high bit on the left.

It looks a bit black over there and if I'm not mistaken, are those hail stones heading towards us, , ,

, , , yes !!

Thankfully I have a jacket with a hood. Hailstones and haircuts like mine do not go together.

and there it goes over the other side of Ambleside.

The weather had passed, the sun was back out and what a treat this was.

A faint rainbow.
Immediately to its left you can see the very top of Little Hart Crag and moving left again is High Pike and Low Pike. The bulkier fell on he right is Red Screes.


and in the sunshine.

A picture of me in front of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

The ups and downs and network of paths on Loughrigg Fell.

On the crags near Lily Tarn.

and again, looking slightly to the left to show all of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

The stepping stones, but not today. Far too fast and far too deep.

The River Rothay.

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