Todd Crag, Loughrigg Fell and the Coffin Route.

Start. Ambleside.

Route. Ambleside - Rothay Park - Under Loughrigg Road - Miller Brow - Todd Crag - Lily Tarn - Black Mire - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Terrace - Deer Bolts Wood - Grasmere - Penny Rock Wood - White Moss - Coffin Route - Rydal Mount - Rydal Park - Ambleside.

Notes. You don't have to climb the highest peak to experience the finest views, a walk over Loughrigg Fell proves just that. Gilbert Scar (not named on the map) and Todd Crag with their breath-taking aspects the length of Windermere Lake are but a curtain raiser, to top off the bill, the staggering vista from the summit of Loughrigg Fell. This up thrust of high ground to the west of Ambleside is a magical mix of crag, tarn, lake and mountain views. A myriad of paths crisscross the wide grassy ridge, all guiding the lucky walker to secret un spoilt corners. Me well I followed the main trod and to avoid the crowds my return was made along the Rydal/Grasmere coffin route, not quite as busy as Loughrigg Terrace.

After parking in Ambleside I made my way through Rothay Park crossing the river at the picturesque Miller Bridge, I then ascended the lane leading to Miller Brow, opposite a cluster of farm buildings and holiday homes a finger-post invited me to Clappersgate, I obliged climbing a slate stile before wandering on to a wooden foot-bridge, here I abandoned the Clappersgate path to ascend a flight of steps, once clear of the man made staircase a well trod path guided me into staggering views. Gilbert Scar and Todd Crag may be some of Lakeland's lesser known tops but the views they gift will be etched on the memory forever. After sitting a while in the shadow of this row of rocky tops my route was quite simple, follow the main trod north ignoring all others.

The green trod that guided me skirted small tarns, many rocky outcrops, forded streams, even ascended a hands on scramble as it safely ushered me to the summit of Loughrigg Fell. I was only gracing the 1,100ft contour but the perspective was fabulous, stunning views in all directions, I sat with lots of other walkers sipping coffee, drinking them in. Once the top got rather congested I departed, descending to Loughrigg Terrace, In a futile attempt to avoid the crowds I carried on descending through Deer Bolts Wood to reach the lake shore, crossed the river at a fine foot-bridge to access Penny Rock Wood. Once at the White Moss Common car parks I crossed the main road before ascending to The Coffin Route.

There are many Corpse roads across the north of England, they provided a practical means of transporting the departed, often from remote communities to cemeteries with burial rights, rarely did they run near or cross existing routes, superstition and folk-law forbid that. Ignoring superstition and folk-law this ancient track ushered me towards Rydal, passed an excellent example of a coffin rest before ejecting me onto the lane next to Rydal Mount. All that remained a short walk passed Rydal Hall to access Rydal Park. I may have been ending the day wandering through a man made landscape but it was a delightful last mile before entering the streets of Ambleside.

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Viewing Heron Pike, Great Rigg and Fairfield from the foot of Miller Brow.

Ascending Miller Brow with this view behind me, Red Screes with High Pike in sunlight and shade to the left.

Let the snake like wall guide the eye to Ivy Crag and Loughrigg Fell, with the Langdale Pikes on the horizon.

Gilbert Scar with views over Ambleside to Ill Bell and Froswick.

The impressive stonework and rock architecture of the Langdale Pikes including the imposing face of Pavey Ark.

Taking a breather drinking in this wonderful early morning view down Windermere Lake.

Little Lily Tarn captures the morning light.

Magical views up the valley of Rydal with the summit of Fairfield in shadow.

Romping along the broad grassy saddle looking to the Coniston massif.

A slice of the picturesque, Bow Fell and the unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

Towards Red Screes over Sweden Crag.

Wetherlam and the Coniston massif reach across the skyline while Loughrigg Tarn sleeps in the valley.

Looking down on Elter Water with the Coniston fells rising behind.

From the summit of Loughrigg Fell stunting views to the north, the Langdale Pikes and the vast dome of High Raise reach across the skyline, with Silver How and Huntingstile in the foreground.

Capturing the colour of the sky, Grasmere.

Grasmere overlooked by Helm Crag and Seat Sandal with the pass of Dunmail Raise clearly visible.

Seen over Grasmere, Silver How with Deer Bolts Wood to the left.

Enjoying the stroll through Rydal Park.

Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg and mighty Fairfield all on view from Rydal Park.

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