15th January 2012

A Fairfield Horseshoe


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 14.20
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 12 mile
Ascent 3400 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Link Hause - Hart Crag - Dove Crag - High Pike - Low Pike - Low Sweden Bridge - Nook Lane - Ambleside - A591 - Rydal Park - 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

Sunrise over Rydal.

Looking over Scandale to Hart Crag and Rydal Head, both of which are under cloud.


Nab Scar summit. The fell to the left of the cairn is Helm Crag, the one above the lake on the left of the picture is Silver How. Everything in between is too difficult to put into words, given that some are in cloud and some aren't.

Looking ahead to the higher section of the route from Heron Pike.

and again, from a little further along the ridge.

There seems to be a lot more cloud over in that direction than there is over here on the eastern half of the lakes.
The prominent fell above the fields is Helm Crag and from here you can clearly work out the horseshoe route from there to Steel Fell.

Great Rigg summit and it was obvious that the cloud wouldn't completely lift by the time we got there.

Seat Sandal on the left, with Dollywaggon Pike and the Helvellyn ridge stretching away on the right. Grisedale Tarn can be seen in the centre of the picture.

Looking back to Great Rigg.

Heading up to Fairfield, in the cloud but it wasn't that thick to be honest.

Fairfield summit.

St Sunday Crag seen from Fairfield.

A view through Deepdale to the far eastern fells. Because of the strong wind it was freezing cold along this section of the walk. Not just the cold you'd expect on a frosty day, this was a long way below that on a thermometer.

Hart Crag summit. Time to loose some height and gain some heat.

Looking back to Hart Crag and Rydal Head.

Dove Crag summit.

Looking in the direction of Dove Crag, although you can't actually see the top. If you look carefully you can see the big cairn on High Bakestones on the right of the picture.

A view down the ridge to Low Pike, , , ,

, , , , and a view back up the ridge to High Pike.
The double topped fell on the right is Little Hart Crag.

The green sign says "Warning deep bog". The ground was frozen so we had no worries today, but a few years ago (I can't remember exactly when) someone walked into the bog and sunk into their armpits. Not a nice experience at all.

A view into Scandale.

Low Sweden Bridge.

Scandale Beck.

Off the fells and into the noise and the traffic in Ambleside.

Looking over Rydal Park to Nab Scar and the western arm of the horseshoe.

Looking over Rydal Park to Nab Scar and the western arm of the horseshoe.

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Lake District Walks