Loughrigg Fell, Ambleside and Rydal Hall

Name of walk Loughrigg Fell, Ambleside and Rydal Hall
Date of walk 2014-03-10
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 4 hours 30 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine, warm.
Peaks on walk Loughrigg Fell
Walked with Brendan
Parking Rydal Church

On Monday Brendan and I drove to Rydal Hall, parking by the church, in order to walk up Loughrigg Fell. We would have lunch in Ambleside and walk back through Rydal Park, visiting Rydal Hall. A walk of 9.5 miles. The weather was superb. Blue skies and sunshine and it was very warm.

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Rydal Church

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Opposite The Badger Bar is the bridge entrance to the shores of Rydal Water.

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View north.

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Looking across to Nab Scar.

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We then took the higher path that leads up to Rydal Cave.

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View back out.

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Then continued along the terraces, before taking the path up to Loughrigg Fell.

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View down Grasmere from the route up.

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The Crinkles still have some snow.

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The Langdale Pikes

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Summit photo. Loughrigg Fell is one of the easiest and quickest fells to walk up. Note that it is me that carries the heavy ruck-sack all day! After all, I have only had three heart operations and two knee arthroscopies....but I am still the fit one in the family!

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Looking down on Elterwater.

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We walked over to the crags to get a view down to Loughrigg Tarn and Elterwater.

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A closer view to Loughrigg Tarn.

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A closer view of Crinkle Crags.

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Lots of small tarns on the summit of Loughrigg Fell.

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The fell is very undulating. We head south for Lily Tarn.

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Yet another picturesque tarn.

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View South towards Lily Tarn and Windermere.

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Panorama of the view east. This includes the fells of the Fairfield Horseshoe, Red Screes, Wansfell Pike and Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick.

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Following the wall up towards Lily Tarn. View back showing the way we came.

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Lily Tarn.

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It was a very warm day and it was very tempting to just sit and admire the view, but my stomach was reminding me that it was lunch time, so we continued on.

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Another small tarn. It used to have a fine built cairn in the centre, which seems to have not survived the weather.

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We climbed up the final set of crags to get the view down to Windermere and Ambleside.

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Ambleside.

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A good view to the Fairfield Horseshoe.

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A small cairn that overlooks Ambleside.

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We now head down for lunch.

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The bridge over the River Rothay. We walk through the park coming out on the road by the Primary School, church and Zefferellis, where we would have lunch.

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Spring!

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After a zucchini, ricotta cheese and chili pizza we did a bit of shopping before heading back through Rydal Park.

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Rydal Hall is owned by the Diocese of Carlisle. Eco Pod at Rydal Hall. They cost £30 a night for two or more nights. Cheap!

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When I reached the grounds of Rydal Hall I headed for The Grot. This was built in 1668 as a place to frame and enjoy the lower Rydal Waterfalls. The entrance is via The Quiet Garden.

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View out through the Grot window.

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The bridge opening on the right has ivy hanging down masking the entrance, quite magical!

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Walking up the steps to Rydal Hall.

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Rydal Hall. It is a Conference, Retreat and Holiday Centre. There is a choice of 30 ensuite bedrooms inside the main house plus a range of accommodation within their idyllic 34 acre site including a youth centre, campsite, a cottage, and three eco-pods.

The walk took about 4.5 hours, plus the time we spent in Ambleside. A very easy walk with plenty to see and do.

Jo.

 

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