Loughrigg Fell

Published 22 September 2011

Trig point at the summit of Loughrigg Fell

When you arrive in Ambleside mid afternoon, with some time to kill, what better thing to do than head up this lovely fell that overlooks the town?

What do you do if you arrive in Ambleside early in the afternoon and just can’t wait to do some fell walking? Well you do Loughrigg Fell. At a height of 335m above sea level it’s not a particularly big fell to climb but it’s one with a huge payoff when you get to the top.

To your south you’ll see Windermere and Coniston Water.

Positioned near Grasmere, Ambleside and Rydal it’s a fell that’s ideally positioned for people to visit from all directions and indeed Wainwright himself lists a whopping six different starting places, but there can be little doubt that most will be setting off from Ambleside itself and indeed that’s just what I did one Saturday afternoon in May 2011.

After spending most of my day on trains and buses I was keen to stretch the old legs and headed up the steep road that Wainwright suggests.

Eventually the road gave way to a gravel track before meeting a myriad of paths heading off in all manner of directions, and finding the “right” one to the summit wasn’t exactly easy – so much so that I ended up going a rather long way round.

But once there, well you can’t mistake it. A trig point firmly marks the spot which provides what can only be described as an absolutely stunning panoramic view that takes in the fells of Fairfield Horseshoe, Red Screes and Wansfell and the waters of Windermere and Elter.

Loughrigg Tarn surrounded by fells

It’s breathtakingly gorgeous. Beautiful beyond belief and it’s a fell that gives you views that just make you want to explore more. Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags. Coniston Fells. And just so much more.

Read more about my May 2011 trip to Lakeland in the blog



22 September 2011 at 7:32 pm

Wow – stunnning view

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