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

 

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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