Take the one way walk from Grasmere to Ambleside via one of two routes. The high level route over Loughrigg Fell is my favourite but walking the shores of Rydal Water is still very pleasant.
It is very straightforward to take the bus to Grasmere. Enjoy a coffee and browse before deciding whether to take the high or low level route back to Ambleside. Whichever route you choose the start involves a walk round the western banks of Grasmere (the lake). On reaching the beautiful stony beach at the lakes southern end choose either to climb the steep mountain directly ahead or keep low and follow the river (initially) and then the shoreline of Rydal Water.
I prefer the steep climb up Loughrigg Fell. It is a lovely fell in a beautiful setting. The series of rocky knolls and heather clad hollows, discovered by taking one of a number of sheep tracks, is so typical of the Lake District. The views from the summit are stunning with the Langdales, north towards Skiddaw and even the Helvellyn range perfectly framed. From the summit it is sensible to carry on south to the ‘mini me’ of Loughrigg Fell. On the highest point of tis nameless fell is Lily Tarn, a delightful spot and almost devoid of people. Enjoy the views down Windermere before dropping steeply to Ambleside.
It is not a long walk but I have found it ideal for so many situations. Whether you are out with a young family, walking on a crisp winters day, or taking it slowly on a hot summer’s day it is perfect.
The walk can obviously be reversed if you stay in Grasmere. Start the day by taking the bus from Grasmere to Ambleside.
The 599 service from Ambleside runs every half hour and takes roughly 20 minutes.
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