Armboth Fell and Fisher Crag

Name of walk Armboth Fell and Fisher Crag
Date of walk 2016-07-19
Distance walked (miles) 3
Duration of walk 3 hours 0 minutes
Weather Hot! Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Armboth Fell
Walked with Tom
Parking Armboth car park, Thirlmere.

The temperature on Tuesday was 30C, so it would be a bit silly to go too high or too far in such heat. Son, Tom and I decided on a short walk up to Armboth Fell from the west side of Thirlmere, returning via Fisher Crag which commands super views down the lake. The walk up and down would be either side of Fisher Gill, so we would not run out of water. We set off early, aiming to be back down by midday.


We heard on The Bay radio that Newby Bridge was closed due to an RTA, so we went to Ambleside via Coniston. I stopped briefly at Yew Tree Tarn, beautiful reflections this morning.


We parked at Armboth car park, currently free, and took a walk down to Thirlmere. The water is well down.


Looking towards the dam.


Just to the right of the car park entrance is the sign for the route up beside Fisher Gill. The route is the pass over to Watendlath.


It is an easy climb, but very hot work; especially as I am carrying the ruck sack containing all the water bottles!


View back to Thirlmere.



We are soon out on to the open fell side. The terrain is heather and bog....don't even consider doing this walk after a period of rain. On the hottest day of the year it is a good choice!


Soon we cross the gill and head towards Armboth Fell summit.


View back from the top of a rocky outcrop. Tom now has the rucksack as we wind our way around wet areas.


Behind Tom on the left is High Tove, and on the right High Seat.


The summit is a rocky outcrop shaped like an upturned boat hull. We climb up via the back.


Armboth Fell summit. Behind me, in the distance, is Great Gable, Pillar and Dale Head.


We head east across boggy ground.


We gain some height to get a view of our destination, Fisher Crag, ahead. Then we wind up and down and around boggy areas until we reach the gate on the far left of the fence line. Then we head up.


Fisher Crag summit.


Great views towards Blencathra, with the Dodds on the right.


Looking across to the route up to Brown Cove Crags on Helvellyn.


A seat with a view! We dangle our legs over the edge. It is now nearing midday, so we head back down the south side of Fisher Gill.


We return back to the gate and head right. It is a nice gentle path down, most of it in shade.


There is a wall stile which leads to a wide forest path.


Cooling shade!


50m from the road the forest track goes off to the right. You could follow it, but with the gate to the road in sight we cross the gill and walk off-path towards the gate. We then head left for the short walk back to the car park. The circular walk was three and a half miles long and took us three hours. On a less hot day you could do it in two hours.


We drive to Grasmere, park in the lay-by on the main road and walk in via the footpath that leads to the church. View to Helm Crag.


Looking up to Stone Arthur.


St. Oswald's Church. They have three bells for change ringing. Next to the bell ropes is a Herdwick!


Tom and Dilly. Dilly is designed by Grasmere Primary School.


We have lunch in the cafe next to the church. The outside seating by the river gives this view.


After lunch we go in search of the remaining Grasmere Herdwicks, part of the 'go herdwick' Calvert Trust Public Art Trail. The Herdy Shop was closed for lunch so we had to look through the window at Manc-ewe-nian Way Herdy, designed by Liam Spencer.


The Golden Fleece by Conrad Atkinson in the Heaton Cooper Gallery.


We took a walk up to Allan Bank, one of Wordsworth's former residences.


The view from the gardens down onto Grasmere.


The billiard room.


Hetherington, designed by Mary Anne Rogers. On his head is a toy duck. The duck's owners said it was a well travelled duck which even has its own Twitter account. (Norman Bear take note!)


The owners of the duck take our photo.


Next stop is Dove Cottage, another Wordsworth residence.


Hiding in the vegetable garden is Herdie Mercury.


He even has the teeth! Designed by David Penn. In this Cumbrian Rhapsody the hills are alive with the sound of m-ewe-sic!

A good little walk to do on a hot day!