Above Ambleside.

Start. Ambleside, Miller Bridge.

Route. Miller Bridge - Rothay Park - Nook Lane - Nook End Farm - Low Sweden Bridge - High Sweden Coppice - High Sweden Bridge - Sweden Bridge Lane - Kirkstone Road - Roundhill Farm - Low Grove - Stockghyll Lane - Stockghyll Force - Rothay Park - Miller Bridge.

Notes. This short walk above Ambleside takes in some of the delights this not so remote area of the Lake District has to offer, a walk within the capability of most people, non walkers included, just leave the high heels in the car as some of the paths are quite stoney. The icing on the cake High Sweden Bridge followed closely by Stockghyll Force, stunning views and a tantalizing taste of what the high mountains have to offer.

My day started at Miller Bridge on the edge of Rothay Park, a short walk through the park brought me to the bottom of the Kirkstone Road and the entrance to Nook Lane. This long narrow ribbon of tarmac guided me into the hills terminating at Nook End Farm. Through the next gate a rough track lead to the first gem of the day, Low Sweden Bridge, my route ascended passing through Low Sweden Coppice then High Sweden Coppice before a way marked path carried me down the fell side to the delightful High Sweden Bridge. I then followed the lane back towards Ambleside, when the rough track turned to tarmac a finger post pointed to the Kirkstone Road, I followed this path.

A short walk through fields before I stepped onto the tarmac of the Kirkstone Road, a short walk up hill followed to reach the bridleway to Roundhill Farm. The farm marked the start of a short descent into the next valley followed by an equally short trudge up hill to reach Stockghyll Lane. Heading down hill I entered Stockghyll Woods at the turnstile entrance making straight for the waterfall while it was quiet, all that remained to follow the waters of the gill back into Ambleside.

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Miller Bridge spans the River Rothay, marking the western entrance to Rothay Park.

High Sweden Bridge, usually passed unseen by walkers starting the Fairfield Horseshoe, for me it marks the start of a short climb through Low and High Sweden Coppice.

Scandale Beck above Low Sweden Bridge.

It's a pity the views are hazy today, here we have the Langdale skyline seen from Low Sweden Coppice.

A few strides further up the hill, Windermere Lake over Ambleside.

Crossing High Sweden Coppice with views to Sweden Crag backed by High Pike. Like me you may think there's an awful lot of Swedes in this part of the lakes, I believe our Norse forefathers settled in vast numbers here, clearing the land by burning, Swede derives from old Norse meaning cleared by burning.

Another bridge, another Swede, the delightful High Sweden Bridge, this is how a packhorse bridge should look.

The waters of Scandale Beck tumble into a gorge below High Sweden Bridge.

One of a number of long abandoned quarries passed on my descent, it got me thinking (that doesn't happen very often), I don't think there is anywhere in the Lakes or Dales where the past endeavors of man aren't visible.

Hazy views through the Vale of Grasmere with the Langdale Pikes rising above Silver How.

Somebody's working today, the helicopter's conveying rocks to be used for path repairs, here's a small snippet of irony, in certain parts of the Lakes the stones, rocks and boulders are protected why? if you need to repair or build a path the rocks have to be flown in from elsewhere, bureaucracy gone mad if you ask me, what goes up must come down, eventually erosion and gravity win, they all end up at the bottom of the hill.

Look out for this gate passed on the descent, it's not often you come across this type intact.

Something else to look out for, I presume this is a folly built when the Victorians had nothing better to do, if some kind person knows it's exact history feel free to drop me a line.

Below Roundhill Farm my route fords Stock Ghyll, here is a view from the wooden bridge with no evidence of the drama further down stream.

Wandering down Stockghyll Lane looking to Kirkstone Pass and Red Screes.

A host of golden daffodils strategically planted at the entrance to Stockghyll Wood. it's just a pity they aren't traditional woodland daff's.

Stockghyll Force above Ambleside.

Another photo taken from the north bank.

It's been a dry start to the year, this stone and oak weir usually has a torrent of water falling from it's lip.

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