A gentle and delightful walk suitable for a summer evening stroll on Loughrigg Terrace and then through beautiful woodland of Red Bank. The return drops down to the calm waters of Grasmere and then along the River Rothay back to the start.
There are two Lake District National Park Authority pay and display car parks at the start point of White Moss. The first on the road from Ambleside is on the left, the second is 150m (165 yards) further on the right, both are well signed.
If you need accommodation we have details of 78 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
From the northern car park: return to the entrance and cross the road to the steps down to the grass area beside the river. Bear right alongside the River Rothay.
From the back of the southern car park: follow the path past the toilet block and bear left to the river.
Follow the river bank to the footbridge. Cross, and at the other side take the path straight ahead signposted to "Loughrigg Terrace". Follow this wide path through White Moss Wood, and at the end zigzag up to the gate and go through onto the bridleway. Turn right and continue climbing up alongside the wall. At the top of the rise bear left onto Loughrigg Terrace. Along here there are fantastic views to Silver How on the left, Grasmere, Helm Crag, Dunmail Raise is the deep notch to the right with Seat Sandal further to its right.
Reaching the end of Loughrigg Terrace and the woodland, go through the gate and bear right to another gate with a small sign to "Grasmere". Go through onto the track which descends gently through the moss covered woodland of Deer Bolts Wood, not to mention a fair bit of rhododendron.
At the cottage just before reaching the Red Bank road, turn very sharp right on a path descending gently.
Reaching the shore line path bear right to follow around the lake. Go through the gate in the wall and continue to the outfall weir.
Ignore the footbridge crossing the outflow and follow the path alongside the River Rothay. The path is stone cobbled for a section and at the end of it go through the kissing gate. Bear left and continue alongside the river back through White Moss Wood. Reaching the path junction beside the footbridge crossed earlier, cross back again to the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Loughrigg Fell from White Moss||218m (240 yards) away|
|Grasmere and Rydal Water||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Rydal||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Helm Crag||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Alcock Tarn||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|A circuit of Grasmere||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn, and Tarn Crag||1.7km (1.1 miles) away|
|Easedale Tarn||1.7km (1.1 miles) away|
|Silver How||1.8km (1.1 miles) away|
|Allan Bank Woodland Walk||2.1km (1.3 miles) away|
|An Elterwater Stroll||2.8km (1.8 miles) away|
|Waterfalls and the Cathedral Cavern, from Elterwater||2.9km (1.8 miles) away|
|Seat Sandal||3.0km (1.9 miles) away|
|The Fairfield Horseshoe||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|An Ambleside Waterfalls Wander - Stockghyll Force and Blue Hill Wood||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Tarn||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Ambleside||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Wansfell, and Wansfell Pike||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Stockghyll Force - Ambleside||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|High Sweden Bridge Circular||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Red Screes and Middle Dodd from Ambleside||3.3km (2.1 miles) away|
|Wansfell Pike, Troutbeck, and Skelghyll Wood||3.3km (2.1 miles) away|
|Lily Tarn above Ambleside||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
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