Loughrigg Tarn.

Start. Skelwith Bridge.

Route. Skelwith Bridge - Neaum Crag Estate - Crag Head - Loughrigg Fold - Loughrigg Tarn - Tarn Foot - Skelwith Bridge.

Notes. Loughrigg Tarn almost perfectly round, rather beautiful with striking views to the Langdale Pikes, it's margins guarded by a variety of aquatic plants and it's surface carpeted with water lily's in the summer months. Wordsworth likened it to “Diana's Looking-glass...round and bright as heaven” a reference to Lake Nemi, the mirror of Diana in Rome. Wainwright's description was a little less poetic “one of the most secluded of tarns”. Come along it's a short walk, a little leg loosener, although my legs are still loose from yesterdays exploits on Pike of Blisco.

I've got Sue for company today, we parked on the Langdale road next to the Skelwith Bridge Hotel. On the opposite side of the road a finger-post invited us to Loughrigg Tarn, we obliged ascending through sheep pastures before accessing a narrow path shaded by mature woodland, this guided us into Neaum Crag Estate. Between log cabins we ascended a tarmac lane under foot and yellow arrows to keep us on track, we escaped the estate via a gate leading into rough pastures above Crag Head. The path then guided us to a narrow lane, we turned left, a short walk over tarmac followed before a permissive path allowed us to wander the shore of Loughrigg Tarn. We idly strolled along the waters edge before joining a farm lane that was to carry us south, passed Tarn Foot then back onto tarmac for the short descent to Skelwith Bridge.

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Skelwith Bridge Hotel seen from sheep pastures at the start of today's little ramble.

The route ahead.

Descending to Crag Head with views over Red Bank to the shadowed slopes of Seat Sandal.

Our first view to Loughrigg Tarn.

Viewing Ivy Crag from Crag Head.

Reflections, Loughrigg Tarn, the view Little Loughrigg.

Flag Iris line the damp margins of this delightful unspoiled tarn....

....and lily's blanket it's surface, and....

....tadpoles thrive in the crystal clear water.

Wainwright's sleeping lions, the Langdale Pikes.

Stunning views to the dark profile of the Langdale Pikes, with Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags capturing the sun.

Skelwith Bridge.

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