6th May 2012

Loughrigg Fell and Lily Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Lily Tarn - Ambleside - 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

It was difficult to choose where to walk today, the forecast wasn't exactly clear on what was going to happen so we opted for well inland in the morning and ended up with a dry and partially sunny walk.

Woods next to Rydal Water.

Peace and quiet at Rydal Water. Apart from two men fishing we had the place to ourselves this morning.

Looking across Rydal Water to Nab Scar.



Loughrigg Terrace and on the right hand side of the picture is Grasmere.

Grasmere, seen from Loughrigg Terrace.
On the left is Silver How and the prominent fell on the right is Helm Crag.

On route up Loughrigg Fell and looking across to Lingmoor Fell, Silver How and in the distance are the Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

Jennifer obviously thinks I'm standing right behind her. She's pointing at something and talking away to herself.

Loughrigg Fell summit with Wansfell Pike, Ambleside and Windermere in the background.

A view across to Elterwater, Lingmoor Fell and the Coniston fells.

Lily Tarn and Jennifer adding a bit of scale to the picture.


After a bite to eat next to the tarn we took the path leading down to Ambleside.

While Jennifer was otherwise occupied I crossed the road and took this picture of Stockghyll and the Giggling Goose Cafe.

"Where's he wandered off to"
"I'm over here taking your photo"

There's no need to tell you where this is, but just look at how low the beck is.


On the walk past Rydal Hall we took a slight de-tour down to The Grot; a little stone building positioned in such a way that you get this framed view of the waterfall. There wasn't much water flowing today, but I'm sure you get the idea.

The steps leading up to Rydal Hall.

Rydal Church gardens. It's just started to rain so that was perfect timing for us.

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