A Loughrigg Fell Ramble.

Start. Rydal.

Route. Rydal - Steps End Wood - Rydal Cave - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Ivy Crag - Todd Crag - Gilbert Scar - Fox Ghyll - Under Loughrigg (road) - Pelter Bridge - Rydal.

Notes. What a difference a day makes, yesterday trussed up in layers of gortex and battling my way through strong wind and heavy sometimes horizontal rain, today I'm down to a T- shirt beads of sweat pooling on my brow. Loughrigg Fell a mountain range in miniature, it maybe low in statue but when it comes to views it's up there with the best of them. Come tag along we'll meander avoiding the main trod as much as possible, we'll discover some secret corners on this “untidy wedge of upland” as I've heard it described, but it's not it's a Lakeland gem.

My day started in Rydal descending the path opposite the Badger Bar, through ancient oak woods I wandered, in the low sun of early morning the views over the lake were stunning. Once out of the tree cover I joined the left hand of two paths, one will guide you along the lake shore the other passes Rydal Cave then continues into staggering views from Loughrigg Terrace. At the end of the terrace a steep ascent awaited me, an unforgiving leg burner, but why rush with stunning views over Grasmere to look down on, I stopped many times to drink them in, when I crested the summit I had the top plus staggering 360° vistas to myself, it was a while before I moved on.

When I did I opted to wander over little walked ground, discover some secret corners, take my time, enjoy the day, the fell and the views. After visiting a couple of tiny unnamed tarns few walkers ever set eyes on I descended from Ivy Crag, crossed the main bridleway linking Ambleside to Langdale then continued hugging the western edge of the fell. Over Todd Crag I wandered before crossing Gilbert Scar the row of rocky tops overlooking Windermere Lake, the views at this point are quite staggering, I sat down to soak them up. When I continued it was north to join a narrow path shadowing a dry stone wall, the path and wall safely guided be to the fell gate on the main trod carving it's route across the shoulder of the fell. This wasn't for me no I sought the quiet.

From the gate I wandered along the edge of a dry stone wall, traversed some boggy ground to access a path descending along the edge of the wall, lets call this the Fox Ghyll Path, walked by few, a perfect route off the hill. This perfect route deposited me on Under Loughrigg, a narrow ribbon of tarmac that runs under Loughrigg, I turned left to start the short walk to Pelter Bridge where I joined the main road for the final couple of hundred yards.

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The scene over Rydal Water, dominating the horizon, Silver How.

Looking to the Boat House.

Wonderful reflections, Nab Scar in double.

Striding out over the path from Rydal Cave, looking to the Ewe Crag face of Loughrigg Fell with Silver How to the right.

Heading to Loughrigg Terrace, with this view for company, White Moss Common backed by Helm Crag and Steel Fell.

From the start of the terrace views over Penny Rock Wood, Silver How rising from the shore of Grasmere.

One of many stunning views from Loughrigg Terrace, The Pass of Dunmail Raise guarded by the steep slopes of Steel Fell and Seat Sandal.

Grasmere captures the spirit of the sky.

Toiling up Loughrigg Fell, looking to the Coniston massif over Elter Water.

From the summit of Loughrigg Fell I watch cloud dancing over Seat Sandal.

One of the many delightful quiet corners of this fell.

Somewhere on this wonderful fell above Black Mire enjoying stunning views to the head of Great Langdale, Lingmoor Fell backed by Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell with the Langdale Pikes in sunlight and shade to the right.

From a delightful unnamed tarn views to Red Screes.

This wonderful view bursts on the senses as I summit Ivy Crag.

In that wonderful view looking back to Ivy Crag.

Mighty Fairfield as seen from the rocky top of Todd Crag.

Gilbert Scar provides fine views like this the length of Windermere Lake, and for those little people in your life some easy scrambles to keep restless youngsters entertained.

Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam on view from Gilbert Scar.

Dark across the horizon to the east Froswick and Ill Bell.

Descending the Fox Ghyll Path looking to Red Screes.

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