Gilbert Scar and Loughrigg Tarn from Ambleside.

Start. Ambleside.

Route. Ambleside - Rothay Park - Underloughrigg Road - Miller Brow - Gilbert Scar - Lily Tarn - Todd Crag - Loughrigg Tarn - Red Bank Road - Oaks - Deer Bolts Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Cave - Steps End - Rydal Hall - Rydal Park - Ambleside.

Notes. Another mixed bag of weather persuaded me to stick to the lower, the lower being Gilbert Scar and Todd Crag the terminus of a wide grass and bracken covered ridge running south from Loughrigg Fell, many rocky outcrops and small tarns adorn this ridge, but top of the bill has got to be the stunning view down Windermere Lake. Grab a coat and stride out with me, we'll certainly get wet, probably get snowed on, even better I've been promised a spot of sunshine, fingers crossed.

Wandering through Rothay Park it was hard to decide what the weather gods might throw at me, at the moment it was sunshine, I was eager to reach Gilbert Scar while the weather held. I exited the park via Miller Bridge, a fine single arched foot-bridge, after crossing the cattle grid I ascended the steep lane to Miller Brow, on a sharp bend a number of holiday homes and farm buildings marked the point I left this track, a slate stile allowed access to the Clappersgate path, I climbed said stile before wandering on to a wooden foot-bridge. Once across a flight of steps aided my ascent, clear of the steps muddy paths then deposited me on a wonderful green trod, this wide grassy carpet guided me to the apex of Gilbert Scar to enjoy the staggering views mentioned earlier.

After traversing Gilbert Scar I descended to join another green trod, this path ushered me north, passed Lily Tarn and Todd Crag to reach the main trod reaching across the shoulder of Loughrigg Fell. an artery joining Ambleside to Langdale, I turned left before descending to Loughrigg Tarn. On the walk north the snow had started, now at Loughrigg Tarn it was raining, the usual stunning views to the Langdale Pikes had vanished, drowned under a sea of low rain bearing cloud. Disappointed I rambled along the waters edge, took some photos before stepping onto the tarmac of Red Bank Road, this narrow grey ribbon guided me passed the Oaks a fine Lakeland farmstead before depositing me at the start of Loughrigg Terrace.

The rain had refrained for now, the cloud lifted allowing me to enjoy wonderful moody views from Loughrigg Terrace, I idled along, a lazy pace allowing me to drink in the fabulous views. Views I enjoyed until the next bank of cloud rolled down from the valley head. By the time rain fell I was exploring Rydal Cave, a fine example of a closehead quarry, closed around 1920. From Rydal Cave a stoney track ushered me to Rydal Water, I entered Steps End Wood, woodland paths then shepherded me through mixed woodland, ancient oaks lined the lake shore. Too soon a new foot-bridge allowed access to the main road opposite the Badger Bar, I turned right, then wandered passed Dora's Field before climbing the road leading to Rydal Mount one of Wordsworth's Lakeland residences, just before reaching the house a track emerged from the right, this lead through Rydal Park, the man made landscape made for a perfect end to the days little excursion.

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Miller Bridge spans the River Rothay at the western edge of Rothay Park, not the original bridge, that was swept away in the great flood of 1884 as were all the bridges on the river, the mill owner who needed access to the mill ordered his gardeners to construct a new one, this was built within a week.

Cloud kisses the summit of Loughrigg Fell.

Seen from the approach to Gilbert Scar, High Pike with Red Screes across Scandale to the right.

Near the summit Gilbert Scar looking to Red Screes above Ambleside.

Seen over a sun bathed Todd Crag, rain washed great Langdale.

Wonderful views to the southwest, under cloud Coniston Water.

There are some stunning views to be had from this low ridge of crags, Windermere Lake mirrors the morning sky.

Black Fell seen from Gilbert Scar.

On the edge of Gilbert Scar thanking my lucky stars I didn't opt to head into Great Langdale.

Striding out through a heavy snow shower, looking back to Windermere Lake.

In the shadow of Ivy Crag, on the descent to Loughrigg Tarn moody views over Windermere Lake.

Idyllic Loughrigg Tarn, on a good day the Langdale Pikes fill that gap, unfortunately not today.

Loughrigg Tarn seen from the north.

Viewing Loughrigg Tarn from sheep pastures just off the Red Bank Road.

Grasmere and it's Vale from Loughrigg Terrace.

Racing moody clouds, through a window in the cloud, under a light dusting of snow Tarn Crag.

Carrying a cap of cloud, Seat Sandal with stone Arthur rising out of shot to the right.

My route ahead, ever popular Loughrigg Terrace.

Rydal Water as seen from Loughrigg Terrace.

Rearing up from the shore of Rydal Water, Nab Scar.

Rydal Cave part of a small complex of closehead quarries responsible for roofing the houses of Ambleside and Grasmere, closed around 1920.

Seen beyond a rain washed Rydal Water, grey on the far horizon Silver How.

Wandering through Rydal Park, a dry end to a day of mixed weather, but a good one.

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