Loughrigg Fell on the doorstep of Ambleside, from the small car park at Pelter Bridge, Rydal, makes for a surprisingly mountainous walk. It also passes a large cave you can visit which has stepping stones to its interior. The walk starts innocuously enough traversing above Rydal Water with views of Grasmere too. However, the mountain path from the end of the Terrace to the summit is steep, rough and eroded in places with false summits just to add to the scenery. The top is criss-crossed by numerous paths, small tarns or muddy puddles, and little knolls. Complete the circuit via an atmospheric ghyll.
Overall a fine walk with a great deal of variety and opportunity to explore.
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Turn left out of the car park at Pelter Bridge just outside Rydal, and continue along the road. It turns into a bridleway at the end and enters an area of maintained parkland called Jobson Close. Bear left on to the higher path.
Follow the path round which soon becomes a rough track with loose rock and slate. Continue on after visiting the caves, eventually reaching a junction near the wall and a ruined building. Turn left and continue on the signposted bridleway which is Loughrigg Terrace. There are views from here down to both Rydal Water and Grasmere.
At the end of the Terrace, just before reaching the trees, turn sharply left onto the steep uphill path with engineered steps. After a while the slope eases and the path crosses a number of boggy patches. False summits frustrate! The trig point appears eventually.
Continue over the rocky summit area and join a wide grassy path beyond, heading south east. This descends through a shallow gorge with a string of cairns. When reaching a wall on your right, and a maze of minor paths and junctions, you need to swing left a little onto a generally east bearing.
A useful aim point to find the head of Fox Ghyll is a small clump of conifers on the corner between the bridleway and ghyll. Alternatively head for the bridleway and cross to the ghyll just before the wall and gate.
Drop into the ghyll and follow the path down eventually to the road. Just before the house at the bottom the path crosses over a bridge to the left, through a narrow kissing gate and into a muddy lane. Another kissing gate is opens onto the road.
Turn left and follow this quiet road back to Pelter Bridge turning left again for the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn||200m (220 yards) away|
|Red Bank from White Moss near Ambleside||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|The Fairfield Horseshoe||1.7km (1.1 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from White Moss||1.8km (1.1 miles) away|
|An Ambleside Waterfalls Wander - Stockghyll Force and Blue Hill Wood||1.8km (1.1 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Tarn||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Ambleside||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|High Sweden Bridge Circular||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Stockghyll Force - Ambleside||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Wansfell, and Wansfell Pike||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Red Screes and Middle Dodd from Ambleside||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Wansfell Pike, Troutbeck, and Skelghyll Wood||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Lily Tarn above Ambleside||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Grasmere and Rydal Water||3.0km (1.9 miles) away|
|Helm Crag||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|A circuit of Grasmere||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Alcock Tarn||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn, and Tarn Crag||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|Easedale Tarn||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|Silver How||3.3km (2.1 miles) away|
|Allan Bank Woodland Walk||3.6km (2.2 miles) away|
|An Elterwater Stroll||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Waterfalls and the Cathedral Cavern, from Elterwater||4.0km (2.5 miles) away|
|Red Screes from Kirkstone Pass||4.2km (2.6 miles) away|
|Seat Sandal||4.3km (2.7 miles) away|
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