Walk†††††††††††††††††††††††††† :The Fairfield Horseshoe Ė Low Pike (1,657ft), High Pike (2,155ft), Dove Crag (2,603ft), Hart Crag (2,698ft)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fairfield (2,863ft), Great Rigg (2,513ft), Heron Pike (2,003ft), Nab Scar (1,450ft)

Date†††††††††††††††††††††††††† :25th March 2011

Weather††††††††††††††††††† : Warm sunshine, fine visibility


Distance†††††††††††††††††† : 11 miles round trip

Time Taken††††††††††††† :50 mins to first summit (Low Pike)


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




One of Lakelands classic horseshoe walks with the convenience of easy access from Ambleside town centre. The walk described here is done in an anti-clockwise

direction, the advantage being the less severe steep slope of Low Pike to start with to gain height as opposed to the very steep start that is offered by Nab Scar

going in the clockwise direction. Either way this is a magnificent full day walk



The car park at the north end of Ambleside on the Rydal Road is the starting point for this walk. From the car park cross the main road and head for

Sweeden Bridge Lane. This shot of Nab Scar is taken from the Lane



Heading towards the bridge crossing and the ridge line of Low and High Pike forming one side of the Scandale valley



Approaching Sweeden Bridge. From here the path veers left towards the lower slopes of Low Pike, itís a case of just following it to start on the obvious

climb alongside the wall leading upwards



After the initial height is gained, the route forward becomes apparent. The wall leads unerringly towards High Pike



From High Pike the wall becomes a bit more broken up however it can still act as a sure guide towards the summit of Dove Crag. From here on the

horseshoe becomes more apparent, here the head of Fairfield can be seen



Looking across over Scandale and the Far Eastern range of Fells



Looking across to the return leg of the horseshoe, here Heron Pike and Great Rigg



Here on the top of Hart Crag looking back south towards Windermere



Approaching the top of Fairfield and the Grizedale Valley to the north



On the summit of Fairfield looking south towards Windermere



After lunch on top of Fairfield I head off towards Great Rigg on the return leg of the horseshoe. This is excellent walking



Looking back towards Fairfield at the head of the valley and Hart Crag to the right



Dropping down from Great Rigg to Heron Pike



Looking west towards Easdale Tarn



Rydal Water from the path to Heron Crag



Rydal and Grasmere



From the top of Nab Scar a view down to Rydal Water, which gives an indication of its steepness. The path down to Rydal Hall is easy to follow,

itís then just a case of following the A591 back into the centre of Ambleside


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