24th January 2013

Grasmere, Loughrigg Fell and Ambleside


Walk Overview
Date 24th January 2013
Time 09.20 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Grasmere - Redbank Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Fell Tarn - Miller Brow - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal - Rydal Water - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the honesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

The snow lingers on and the cloud still blocks out the sunshine so we thought we'd do a walk today that still took up one of the fells, but also included quite a bit of lower level walking as well. Loughrigg Fell from Grasmere and then continuing to Ambleside certainly gave us what we were after today.

A view over Grasmere to Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike.

Walking up to Redbank Wood.

and now walking down to the end of Loughrigg Terrace.

Looking across Loughrigg Terrace.

A close up of Dunmail Raise and Lonscale Fell, partially lit up by sunshine.

A familiar picture of Grasmere, seen from the route up Loughrigg Fell.

Heading across to Loughrigg Fell summit.

There is a big view with lots of fells in it to be had from the top of Loughrigg. In these conditions valleys, fells and sky all merge together to give a black and white aspect to the place.

Loughrigg Fell Tarn.

Off the fell now and down to Miller Bridge.

Deception - look closely and you realise it's got nowt to do with balance.

While Jennifer went into the Apple Pie bakery to barter for a couple of Bath Buns, I had to amuse myself for a few minutes in a very quiet in Ambleside.

I crossed the road and took this picture of Stock Gill, , , , then

, , , I crossed back over and took this picture of Bridge House.

and as we walked through Rydal Park I ate one of the Bath Buns. I can't help it if I easily give into temptation.

When I was a kid we were taught to count tree rings told if you wanted to know how old a tree was. Now I know the truth. It's got nowt to do with tree rings at all, it's the number of CD's you need to count.

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.

Once inside the Grot, the cleverness of the building becomes evident.


Nab Scar reflections.

A view down Rydal Water to Silver How.

Another picture of Nab Scar. This time showing Nab Cottage on the other side of the lake.

A close up of Nab Cottage.

And as if by magic, the afternoon brightened up and we got a reminder of what the cloudy conditions have been depriving us of.

Helm Crag seen over Grasmere.

and around to the left is Silver How.

Just before getting back to Grasmere I took this picture looking across to Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

David Hall -
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