Lily Tarn above Ambleside

Barely 3.0km (1.9 miles) from the bustling middle of Ambleside town centre is a fantastic viewpoint overlooking the northern end of Windermere. The view also includes the Fairfield Horseshoe, Red Screes. And westwards are the Coniston Fells. Peeking over Loughrigg Fell is the familiar form of the Langdale Pikes. The viewpoint is on the top of Gilbert Scar. Just behind it lies an area of rich summer bracken dotted with rocky outcrops and small tarns, the largest of which is Lily Tarn(1). After visiting the tarn the walk meanders a little to Todd Crag, and then joins the bridleway back to Ambleside.

Parking in Ambleside is reasonably plentiful although it does get busy at holiday times. There is the main car park above the town centre on the A591 towards Rydal. For longer stays the Miller Field car park at the bottom end of town is large and often has space when the other has filled up. There are a couple of smaller car parks dotted around too. If you are up early you can park along the Under Loughrigg road before the cattle grid, it fills up quickly.