This is another of the many ways to climb the diminutive but rather fine Loughrigg Fell. From White Moss you wander through woods to an easy track leading to Rydal Cave. From there a path climbs up above the cave and onto the fell. A short meander through the knolls of Loughrigg's complicated top leads to the trig point at the summit from where there are fantastic views of many well known fells. Dropping down to Loughrigg Terrace it is then an easy stroll back to the car park.
Rydal Cave is a man made quarry which in its heyday of the 19th century produced high quality roofing slates. Whilst access to the cave is not difficult and many people do cross the stepping stones to its interior, be aware that occasionally blocks do fall from the ceiling!
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 62 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.
Go through the gate, and cross the track onto the permissive path to Rydal Cave directly ahead. Follow the wide path around as it traverses the fell side. You can go in the cave but bear in mind that occasionally rocks do fall from the ceiling.
Facing the cave entrance take the path climbing up on the left hand side of the cave. Above the cave there are views to the cascades marked on the OS 1:25K map as waterfalls. Bear right and continue climbing. In summer bracken encroaches on the path but it is reasonably well marked and used.
Skirt boggy area of Scartufts on its right hand side and climb between knolls ahead on the path. Turn right at the top of the rise, and then rounding a knoll bear left on a terrace path. At the top of this rise the trig point comes into view just a little way ahead. Continue to the trig point at the summit.
From the summit bear right, roughly north, to find the top of the path coming up from Loughrigg Terrace. The notch of Dunmail Raise is almost in line with the path and a handy indicator. Follow the path as it drops quite steeply. The occasional stone pitching is sometimes a little sloped the wrong way and gets slippery in wet conditions. Cross a couple of boggy 'false summits' and drop down to Loughrigg Terrace.
Reaching the terrace turn right to traverse the fellside on this airy path above Grasmere. At the far end of the terrace bear right to drop back down to the gate at the top of White Moss Wood. Go through the gate and continue down to the footbridge. Cross and bear right to return to the main car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Red Bank from White Moss near Ambleside||218m (240 yards) away|
|Grasmere and Rydal Water||1.3km (0.8 miles) away|
|A circuit of Grasmere||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Alcock Tarn||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Helm Crag||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Easedale Tarn||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn, and Tarn Crag||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Silver How||1.7km (1.0 miles) away|
|Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn||1.7km (1.1 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Rydal||1.8km (1.1 miles) away|
|Allan Bank Woodland Walk||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|An Elterwater Stroll||2.6km (1.6 miles) away|
|Waterfalls and the Cathedral Cavern, from Elterwater||2.6km (1.6 miles) away|
|Seat Sandal||3.0km (1.9 miles) away|
|The Fairfield Horseshoe||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|An Ambleside Waterfalls Wander - Stockghyll Force and Blue Hill Wood||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Ambleside||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Tarn||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Wansfell, and Wansfell Pike||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|High Sweden Bridge Circular||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Stockghyll Force - Ambleside||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Red Screes and Middle Dodd from Ambleside||3.5km (2.1 miles) away|
|Wansfell Pike, Troutbeck, and Skelghyll Wood||3.5km (2.1 miles) away|
|Lily Tarn above Ambleside||3.5km (2.2 miles) away|
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