Not just Loughrigg Fell.

Start. Rydal Church.

Route. Rydal Church - Steps End - Rydal Cave - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Black Mire - Todd Crag - Gilbert Scar - Loughrigg Brow - Miller Brow - Under Loughrigg - Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Rydal Park - Rydal Hall - Rydal Church.

Notes. This was more than just another walk over Loughrigg Fell, for a start it wasn't my first choice, nor my second, in fact it hadn't even occurred to me when I left home. I was heading to Grasmere and Tarn Crag but the mist was down, driving through a fuzzy felt landscape I decided to stop at Rydal, go for a misty wander along the lake shore and maybe get some minimalistic images. Come along a misty walk was far more than I got, far more than I deserved, it was an absolutely staggeringly beautiful morning to be out. If you're up here on your holidays and were forced into a late start because you booked a 9am breakfast, well tough you missed out.

I'm beginning to wonder if God exists, up until today I thought he was created by people of a higher echelon than I, an imaginary being, an all seeing figure conceived to mould the vulnerable into a way of thinking, to support a cause they didn't believe in, or failed to understand. I was in the church car park at Rydal, ready for the off, two shiny pound coins in my hand ready to slip into the honesty box, in went one then I decided if the lord provides cheap parking then he could have the other coin if he performed a small miracle, no words were spoken but all I asked for was a decent walk on a nice day, it could rain when I got back to the car if it wanted, a voice behind me made me jump, “no deal just put the money in the box”, so sharp, so clear I spun round, but put the money in the box I did.

I walked round the corner, crossed the main road opposite the Badger Bar then descended a good path into Steps End Wood. Following the lake shore I took some images, all pretty rubbish, I don't think minimalistic is my thing. On leaving the woods I opted for the higher of two paths, the one that would guide me passed Rydal Cave and on to Loughrigg Terrace. Through a misty morning I wandered passed the cave which is actually a close head quarry and on along Loughrigg Terrace. It was while I was striding over the terrace it looked like the day was improving, a few breaks in the cloud, the sun was definitely up there somewhere.

It was then, that moment I decided to climb the hill, this was the steep side so it should get me up fast, a chance to get above the cloud base. Low and behold above the cloud base I climbed to be greeted by an absolute staggering morning. I stopped many times to soak up the scenery, God was in his heaven this morning or still at Rydal Church, but be sure he wasn't very far away. It took ages to reach the summit, the views south were just as staggering, I stopped for a brew before wandering into those staggering views.

South along the wide grassy ridge, over wet ground passed tiny tarns like diamonds reflecting the morning light, when I ran out of hill I found myself on Gilbert Scar (locally known as Todd Crag), drinking in unspoiled views down Windermere Lake. Drunk on stunning views I headed down the hill, descending over wet ground to access the Clappersgate path, I turned left letting a moss covered dry stone wall guide me to Miller Brow, where I descended over tarmac to access Under Loughrigg.

After turning right I crossed the River Rothay at a quaint foot-bridge accessing Rothay Park, then passed through the left hand of two gates, this avoided the centre of Ambleside, it deposited me on the main road, from where it was a short walk north to the entrance of Rydal Park. Wandering through this man made landscape I could see dark cloud rolling into the valley head, the hills surrounding Grasmere had already been swallowed up. I continued passed Rydal Hall stepping out of the grounds opposite Rydal Mount one of Wordsworth's Lakeland homes. At the bottom of the hill the car patiently waited, I reached it as the first drops of rain started to fall, perfect timing or was it divine intervention?

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Evaporating into the Lakeland mist, Rydal Water.

When mist swallows the horizon and only reflections remain.

The yawning mouth of Rydal Cave.

Wandering along Loughrigg Terrace, looking back to the first sign of an improving day.

And improve it did, Gummers How seen from Loughrigg Terrace.

Playing a game of hide and seek with Nab Scar.

Under a thick blanket of cloud Rydal Water.

The mist's burning off revealing the landscape to a Lakeland morning.

Revealed to the morning some of the delectable heights of Lakeland, from back to front, Seat Sandal, Fairfield still under cloud, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

Seen over the lower slopes of Nab Scar, clear of cloud Red Screes.

Viewing Dunmaill Raise with the steep slopes of Steel Fell on one side and Seat Sandal the other.

The mist's burning off dissolving into the morning leaving wonderful views over Grasmere and it's vale.

Drinking in the beauty all around me, Red Screes seen from Loughrigg Fell.

A magical place on an equally magical morning, from near the summit Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

On the summit of Loughrigg Fell, looking over cloud filled valleys to the south, under the cotton wool topped cloud Windermere Lake.

Wonderful views to the Coniston massif.

Kissed by cloud, the gully's and crags and stunning rock architecture at the head of Great Langdale.

Looking over the many grassy tops of Loughrigg Fell to a wall of cloud consuming Windermere Lake.

An unnamed tarn reflecting the spirit of the sky, with views to Red Screes.

Lily tarn capturing the morning light.

Stunning views down Windermere Lake from Gilbert Scar (Todd Crag).

From one of the many rocky outcrops overlooking Windermere views to the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Just before descending I took this shot, rising to the left High Pike, to the right Red Screes but in the middle the twin rocky aeries of Little Hart Crag.

Millar Brow with views to High Pike.

A man made landscape, picturesque Rydal Park, a delight to stroll through at the end of a walk.

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