Loughrigg Fell and Tarn via the Old Coffin Route.

Start. Rydal.

Route. Rydal - Rydal Mount - Coffin Route - Nab Wood - Knott Wood - White Moss - Penny Rock Wood - Grasmere - Deerbolts Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - The How - Loughrigg Tarn - Ivy Crag - Deer Hows - Miller Brow - Miller Bridge - Rothay Park - Ambleside - Vicarage Road - Compston Road - Rydal Road - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal Mount - Rydal.

Notes. A short walk on a glorious morning embracing everything the Lake District has to offer at this time of year. Come take a wander with me in the footsteps of a famous bard, we'll visit meres and waters, pass through woodland part dressed in it's Autumn garb, ascend a delightful fell with breath-taking views before visiting a delectable tarn our famous bard described as, “round, clear, bright as heaven”.

I parked down the lane from Rydal Mount one of our famous bards Lakeland residences, next to the house a bridleway cuts across the lower slopes of Nab Scar, this was once the coffin road linking Ambleside to the consecrated ground in Grasmere, it went out of use around 1821, I presume the time Ambleside acquired it's own burial ground. It's a wonderful path, it guided me through ancient oak woods with stunning views across the vale. After passing a couple of houses a finger-post invited me to White Moss, I obliged descending to the large car park, after crossing the main road river side paths conveyed me to Penny Rock Wood, a delightful mature mixed woodland including quite a number of dog dirt trees and barbecue bushes, I do wish people would take their rubbish home. I exited the woods via a foot-bridge spanning the River Rothay just below the outflow of Grasmere.

There's a lovely shingle beach here, a wonderful place to while away time, drink in views over Grasmere to the hills that close this beautiful vale, unfortunately the barbecue brigade had been here also. I left entering Deerbolts Wood by one of two gates, the left hand path ascends to Loughrigg Terrace and I ascended with it, I soon found myself ascending the fell itself, steep but short, wonderful views accompanied every leg burning step. Once on the summit I took time to rest, study the map, decide where to go next, it was too nice to head back. In the event I descended a steep path to the west, it deposited me at The How overlooking Loughrigg Tarn, another place to linger. I lingered, our famous bard loved it here, “a most beautiful example”, his words not mine, “round, clear, bright as heaven”. It's also got stunning views to the Langdale Pikes, after soaking them up I left via field paths leading along the edge of woodland to the bridleway linking Elterwater and Ambleside. After traversing the saddle of the fell I descended to Ambleside, entering the village via Miller Bridge and Rothay Park. After following the main road through, then out of the village in the direction of Grasmere I entered Rydal Park, a short but delightful walk through park land followed before emerging at Rydal Mount a few yards from the parked car.

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Loughrigg Fell across Rydal Water.

Little Isle and Heron Island capture the morning sun.

Just to prove I'm wandering an old corps road, a perfect example of a coffin rest.

The River Rothay at White Moss.

Viewing Deerbolts Wood and Silver How from near the outflow of Grasmere.

Wonderful views over Grasmere, Helm Crag and Seat Sandal split by the pass of Dunmail.

Penny Rock Wood backed by Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

Seen from the shingle beach at the foot of Grasmere the Red Screes skyline.

Seen from the edge of Deerbolts Wood, Heron Pike and Nab Scar over Penny Rock Wood.

Loughrigg Terrace one of the most popular paths in Lakeland.

Breath-taking views over the Vale of Grasmere.

Lingmoor Fell backed by the Crinkle Crags, seen over Huntingstile from the ascent of Loughrigg.

Another wonderful view over Grasmere.

Views taken from the summit of Loughrigg Fell, Windermere Lake and the lesser heights of South Lakeland with Ingleborough top left.

Elter Water and the Coniston massif, Coniston Old Man to the left, mighty Wetherlam with Swirl How and Great Carrs above Greenburn to the right.

The summit Loughrigg Fell.

In sunlight and shade the Vale of Grasmere.

Stunning views over Great Langdale.

Looking to the Coniston massif above Elter Water....

....and again from the foot of my descent.

The scene over Loughrigg Tarn.

Over this delectable tarn the Langdale skyline.

Loughrigg Fell as seen from Loughrigg Tarn.

Near Ivy Crag looking to Red Screes.

Fairfield seen from Rydal Park.

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