Rydal - Loughrigg Fell

A Lakes walk posted on 09/05/15 by bernardino. Update : 24/06/17

A few kilometres from Ambleside, a walk to the top of Loughrigg Fell overlooking the lakes of the National Park Lake District.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h45[?]
Distance Distance : 4.13mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1175ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1316ft
Highest point Highest point : 1270ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 217ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Lakes
Starting point Starting point : N 54.446873° / W 2.981306°


Park on the road opposite Rydal Mount chapel (D).

Head west on the road then at the first crossing take the trail to the left. Cross the bridge over Rothay River (1) and continue south. When you get to a large track, take a right. Look over Rydal Water Lake on the forest edge before heading south (2).

Start a pleasant climb uphill then change direction to reach a small lake due west (3) under Ivy Crag.

Continue in the pasture on a well-marked path due north-west along a small lake before climbing to the top of Loughrigg Fell (336 m) (4).

Start a tricky descent to reach a crossroads (5). Take a right on the large trail parallele to Rothay River. Head north-east then (6), head east.

Calmly stroll down the large trail (1) reaching the car park the same way you left.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.09 - alt. mi 0.09 - Bridge over Rothay River
2 : mi 0.68 - alt. mi 0.68 - Junction at the edge of the forest
3 : mi 1.62 - alt. mi 1.62 - Small lake under Ivy Crag
4 : mi 2.15 - alt. mi 2.15 - Loughrigg Fell
5 : mi 2.62 - alt. mi 2.62 - Crossraods
6 : mi 3.03 - alt. mi 3.03 - Rothay River trail
D/A : mi 4.13 - alt. mi 4.13

Useful Information

Hiking gear with the "must bring" windproof jacket because winds blow hard in the region.

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