Loughrigg Terrace and the Coffin Route.

Start. Rydal (St Mary's Church).

Route. Rydal - Steps End Wood - Rydal Cave - Loughrigg Terrace - Deerbolts Wood - Penny Rock Wood - Coffin Route - Rydal.

Notes. Another day of strong winds and heavy rain, another day to search out a route in the valley, I decided the ever popular Loughrigg Terrace would be my destination today, my return would be made along the Ambleside to Grasmere Corps Route, there was always Loughrigg Fell to wander up if the weather improved, looking at the forecast that was a big if.

I parked at St Mary's Church Rydal, then wandered down to the main road, opposite the Badger Bar a footbridge spans the River Rothay allowing access to Steps End Wood, I forded the river to enter the oak woods. On a well used path I wandered along in the footsteps of Wordsworth, he wandered these paths many times composing poetry and soaking up his favourite Lakeland views. I exited the woods onto the old quarry track that leads across Loughrigg Terrace. A choice of paths faced me, the upper or lower, it was the upper for me passing Rydal Cave before wandering along Loughrigg Terrace, at the end of the terrace I entered Deerbolts Wood marking the start of an easy descent to the shore of Grasmere. I was now on my return route, wandering along the shore to reach another footbridge spanning the river just below the outflow of the lake, I crossed to enter Penny Rock Wood. A short wander through woodland followed before crossing the main road to make the short ascent to the Coffin Route.

My walk in along the southern side of the valley had been sheltered, almost eerie, on this side it was a different day altogether, the wind howled the noise was deafening, the trees creaked and groaned, storm damage was all around, I guess after the winds of the last few days anything likely to fall was already on the forest floor. I set out along this ancient path all too aware of what may fall from above, stepping over fallen limbs, whole trees and masses of debris I wandered back to Rydal. Unscathed I reached Rydal Mount home to William Wordsworth from 1813-1850, a short walk down the hill saw me back at the waiting car.

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The bridge across the Rothay makes a fine starting point for today's little ramble.

Silver How rising above Rydal Water.

Nab Scar seen from Step End, look close my return route can just be seen following the line of the forestry.

White Moss Common across Rydal Water.

Silver How seen over the south shore of Rydal Water.

Loughrigg Fell rises above the gold's of Jobson Close.

Looking to Low Pike across the lower slopes of Nab Scar.

Striding out in the footfall of long dead quarrymen following the path to Loughrigg Terrace.

Rydal Cave a close-head quarry, the stone from here was used to roof the houses of Grasmere and Ambleside.

Views over White Moss Common.

From Loughrigg Terrace a classic view over Grasmere.

Views over the Vale of Grasmere with sunlight on the slopes of Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

Penny Rock Wood featuring the outflow from Grasmere and the bridge I'm about to cross.

One of Lakeland's famous passes, Dunmail Raise carves it's way between the slopes of Steel Fell and Seat Sandal.

Silver How seen from the outflow of Grasmere.

The raging River Rothey.

A few paces further down stream a much quieter scene, the river enters Rydal Water.

Ascending to the Coffin Route, Huntingstile and Silver How rise above White Moss Common.

On the Coffin Route with a view to Silver How.

Loughrigg Fell seen from between the dry stone walls of this ancient track.

Proof that this actually is a corps road, a place to rest the caskets on.

Seen from the coffin rest, Loughrigg Fell across Rydal Water.

Views back along this ancient corps road, that is actually the direction the bodies would have been carried on their last journey.

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