Walk                 : Loughrigg Fell

                                        Date                 : 10th March 2014

                                        Weather           : Fine and Sunny 11 °C    

                                        Route Details    : White Moss Carpark, Loughrigg Terrace, Loughrigg, White Moss Car Park

                                        Distance           : 3 miles

 

                                                Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                                        Overview

                                        If ever you wanted to convince a complete stranger to fell walking as to why it is such an uplifting and pleasurable experience then

                                                            today’s absolute gem of a walk would leave them absolutely in no doubt whatsoever and make them wonder why they had never done

                                                            it before. The weather forecasts were very promising, clear skies and on the cool side, but what we got was just absolute perfection

                                                            and showed the Lake District in all its glory. This was also the first time in approximately 4 years that the “Fun Prevention Officer”

                                                            a.k.a Sue ventured back out onto the fells after her half knee replacement operation.

 

 

The walk starts at the White Moss Walks car park just off the A591 heading out of Ambleside. Here Sue and Ste set off

through the start of the forest trail

 

 

Pretty soon you go past the open picnic area alongside the River Rothay and the object of the days outing Loughrigg Fell comes into view

 

 

Crossing the River via the footbridge, the water was remarkably clear

 

 

Continuing along the path through the gladed area, it was starting to get warmer and it wasn’t long before the layers started to get shed

 

 

Eventually the end of the path is reached and a right turn takes you onto the start of Loughrigg Terrace

 

 

Within minutes the vista opens up immediately – here looking across the mirror like Grasmere towards Helm Crag “The Lion and the Lamb”

 

 

And in close up the Lion and the Lamb

 

 

Looking over to Silver How

 

 

The walk along the Terrace is an absolute joy on a day like today and dotted along its length is a number of benches which make absolutely

perfect view points

 

 

Looking backwards across the A591 to Nab Scar which is a fell that can signify the start or the end of the Fairfield Horseshoe

 

 

It is advisable to go right to the very end of Loughrigg Terrace where it meets the wall and pick up the main path to the summit

 

 

It’s very difficult to lose the trail and while it is a little steep in parts the staircase that you follow presents very little

in the way of difficulty

 

 

The path gradient eases somewhat as you approach the shoulder of the Grasmere Cairn, Sue leads the way

 

 

On the upper reaches and the scrambly bit

 

 

Yes – I can confirm, that yellow thing up there is the sun and very nice it was to. The summit is now coming into sight

 

 

Looking back and a cracking view of Grasmere, Seat Sandal and Great Rigg on the right hand side

 

 

We make it to a somewhat crowded summit and greeted by a magnificent view of Windermere

 

 

 

Time for lunch and we have a visitor …

 

 

The views are just spectacular, here the Coniston Fells – The Old Man , Brim Fell, Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs. The dip to the right is part of the Wrynose Pass

 

 

To the West – Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike and the unmistakable Langdale Pikes on the right

 

 

The Langdale Pikes in close up

 

 

and to the East the steady incline of Low Pike and High Pike, forming one leg of the Fairfield Horseshoe

 

 

Whilst Sue and Ste continue with lunch I pop over to Ivy Crag – here looking back North in close up

 

 

A view of Windermere from Ivy Crag

 

 

A Team hug before setting of back down. We must have spent in total the best part of two hours on the summit, you just had no inclination to want to leave

 

 

On the way back down and Sue discovers a “new tarn” that even eluded the great Alfred Wainwright, here in all its glory is ….

Buttison Water ……. Sue will be able to explain that (I think) but it has something to do with butties and water. She can be

a bit blonde at times

 

 

As we descend the tranquillity is disturbed by the Eurofighter as it thunders its way North up the valley. Within seconds of catching a glimpse of it

the black dot (upper centre) disappeared completely

 

 

Descending back to Loughrigg Terrace and the sheet of glass that is Grasmere. What an absolute joy to be in Lakeland on a day like this

 

 

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