Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Start. St Mary's Church, Rydal.

Route. St Mary's Church - Rydal Cave - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Fox Ghyll - Under Loughrigg Road - Pelter Bridge - St Mary's Church.

Notes. I decided to make the short drive to Rydal this morning, maybe capture some Autumn colours before summiting Loughrigg Fell, most of my morning was spent wandering through not heavy but persistent rain, a brief respite on the summit before the cloud rolled in once again.

From St Mary's Church I followed the main road north, opposite the Badger Bar a path leads down to a foot bridge spanning the River Rothay, I crossed to enter ancient Oak woods. On leaving the woods I had a choice, the high path or low. It was high, passing Rydal Cave en route to Loughrigg Terrace. When the terrace ended I swung south to ascend the steep slopes of Loughrigg Fell, a few pauses to catch my breath and I was soon at the trig point.

Several paths leave the summit, I followed the one descending into a high valley. Heading south I was soon scrambling down a low rock face to cross Black Mire before reaching the main bridleway connecting Ambleside and Langdale, after fording the beck I turned left in the direction of Ambleside, it was a short walk to the intake wall. Here I ignored the gate to follow a permissive path along the wall edge, the wall and path swung right allowing me to descend on a very wet path, following the waters of Fox Ghyll eventually crossing a footbridge to enter Fox Ghyll Woods. Still descending but now over a carpet of fallen leaves I reached a tarmac lane, I turn left, the lane carried me past the stepping stones then on to Pelter Bridge where I gained access to the main road, the car was parked just round the corner to my left.

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Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Swathed in swirling cloud, the head of Rydal Water.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Nab Scar in all it's Autumn glory.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Wonderful golden reflections, The Boat House in the shadow of Nab Scar.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

This is a splendid stretch of path, especially at this time of year, views taken along the south shore of Rydal Water.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Looking over Rydal Water on a day that promises sunshine or showers.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

On the high path heading to Loughrigg Terrace, with Silver How seen above the cloud, just.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Stunning views back to Nab Scar.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Sunlight catches the mixed woodland on White Moss.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

On Loughrigg Terrace with a magical view back to Rydal Water.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Heron Pike rising above White Moss Common.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

From the well trod path over Loughrigg Terrace wonderful views over Grasmere.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Silver How as seen over Red Bank Wood.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

On the steep northern slopes of Loughrigg Fell, soaking up the views over the Vale of Grasmere.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Before the cloud obscures the view, Heron Pike leading to Great Rigg with Seat Sandal gracing the far horizon.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

A glimpse of the Langdale Pikes (top right) seen over Huntingstile.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Lurking behind Silver How the rugged profile of the Langdale Pikes.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Nearing the summit of Loughrigg Fell with a fine view to the head of the Langdale valley.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

A stunning panorama over Grasmere, top left the Langdale Pikes and Pavey Ark leading to the whale backed summits of High Raise and Ullscarf, followed by Helm Crag backed by Steel Fell, the dip into Dunmail Raise, finally the steep slopes of Seat Sandal.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Sunlight across the slopes of The Band with the Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell under cloud, to the left above Lingmoor Fell, Pike O" Blisco, far right the Langdale Pikes.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

From the summit of Loughrigg Fell a stunning view through the Coniston valley.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick seen over the lower slopes of Red Screes.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

A mouth-watering view over Windermere Lake, it's views like this that make getting wet worth while.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Far below Elter Water, dwarfed by the giants of Wetherlam and the Coniston massif.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Seen over Ambleside the ever popular Wansfell Pike, with a promise of better weather to the south.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

A striking view over the Langdale Valley, sunlight on Fletcher's Wood with Wetherlam grey on the horizon.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

A very autumnal scene, looking to Nab Scar and Red Screes, my route followed the wall, out of shot to the left then down into the valley.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

Descending Fox Ghyll looking to Nab Scar and Red Screes.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

The path through Fox Ghyll Woods.

Loughrigg Fell from Rydal.

The Stepping Stones, I don't fancy my chances today.

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