4th January 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 3

Tarns around Loughrigg Fell


Walk Overview
Time 9:40am to 2:40pm
Duration 5 hr
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Rod Hepplewhite
Miller Bridge - Miller Brow - Lily Tarn - Loughrigg Fell Tarn - Loughrigg Fell - The How - Loughrigg Tarn - Oaks - Deer Bolts Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal - Rydal Hall - Ambleside - Miller Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Miller Bridge, Ambleside

This offers an alternative to the overcharged car parks in Ambleside itself. The downsides are, spaces are limited, it's a little way out from the center of the town and you will need to get here early to get a space.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


What a difference a couple of days make. This is the walk we had wanted to do on January 1st but, the weather was too bad for any decent person to put a cat out, never mind to go for a walk themselves. Here we stand for a moment looking back down to Ambleside and across to Red Screes.

After a short walk up from the car we each Lily Tarn. And although I've been here many times over the years I don't recall ever seeing the tarn frozen before. There was a strange silence around the tarn today, no doubt exaggerated because there were no crowds of people and no wind to disturb the peacefulness.



And there goes the last of the blue sky.

As we make our way to Loughrigg Fell summit we pass by the bigger of the tarns on Loughrigg.
The high fell in the distance with the long ridge is Red Screes.

By the time we reached the top of Loughrigg Fell it was pretty obvious that the cloud was dropping because all the fells were slowly but surely disappearing from view.

Looking down to Elterwater, Chapel Stile and Great Langdale. Notice the thin vail of cloud across the fells.

A close up of Dunmail Raise with a glimpse of Thirlmere behind the road and Lonscale Fell in the far distance.

Looking across to Nab Scar and the Fairfield horseshoe fells.

Sorry to go on about it but just look how low the cloud has dropped over there.
From here we head down to the small pool and turn right (out of the picture).

Loughrigg Tarn comes into view as we walk down from the fell.

Looking towards Elterwater, Lingmoor Fell and Wetherlam.

We make our way along the track as far as The How before dropping down to Loughrigg Tarn itself.

Loughrigg Tarn was visited today but the grey conditions did nothing to show off this lovely tarn.

Loughrigg Tarn reflections.



Passing by Oaks. Perhaps this is a lot to ask but if one of you good folk would be kind enough to buy this place for us and also provide us with a nice income every month you'd make two keen fell walkers very happy indeed.

We leave the road now and make our way through Deer Bolt Woods towards Loughrigg Terrace which turned out to be as busy as you'd find it on a sunny day in the middle of July.

A view across Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace.

Nab Scar and Rydal Water.

Red jacket reflections in Rydal.

A view back along the side of Rydal with Silver How in the distance.

Rydal Church.

Heading down to the Grot.

Rydal Waterfalls seen from inside The Grot.

I take a picture of the Bridge House and before I could say "smile for the camera" Jennifer was heading for the Apple Pie Bakery to purchase three Bath Buns. That's one each, not all for herself. Although, , , , she did buy a Caramel Doughnut as well, but kept that a secret until we were driving home when it was too difficult to share.

On t'other side of the road is Stock Ghyll. There's a sign on the building up there but the letters are a bit too small for me to read from here !! Perhaps I need some new glasses.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks