The modest height of Loughrigg Fell disguises a wonderful mountain. The views north are particularly good.
1101′. Loughrigg Fell nestles at the southern end of Grasmere (Lake) and is an absolute peach of a hill. The fell epitomises all I like about the Lake District. Bracken strewn slopes and rocky outcrops compete for dominance. However look for the hidden grassy enclaves and remote tarns, perfect for picnics and hideaways. It is similar to Gowbarrow or Haystacks with the summit area a particular delight. The views of the surrounding, and usually larger, fells is excellent. The lakes add to the view making your main decision simply in which direction to stare. I do enjoy the less familiar view over Elterwater in to Langdale but there is something of interest in each direction.
The relatively low height does not detract from the variety of paths and, certainly near the summit, these can become somewhat confusing. The route I have picked is my favourite, starting and finishing at the River Rothay midway between Rydal Water and Grasmere. Wainwright likes the climb from Skelwith Bridge but this makes a circular more difficult and limits the views north. However your choice makes little difference, without being too corny ‘every step on Loughrigg Fell is a delight’
Spend some time to explore the full summit area and the differing viewing points. Count the lakes and name as many peaks as possible.
This is a great place to practice your compass skills. Take some bearings near the summit and follow them to isolated knolls and across the rough, bracken filled ground. It is unlikely to be cloudy but the ground will make it seem so.
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