Where is this walk?

Loughrigg Tarn and Rydal Water

September 3, 2018

Start in Ambleside to walk this lowland Lake District classic. Loughrigg Tarn and Rydal Water are the highlights but the crossing under Lily Tarn near Ambleside is also memorable.

The Walk

The walk that includes Loughrigg Tarn and Rydal Water lies in the centre of the Lake District. Normally there are hordes of people on walks so close to the centre. However this walk avoids many of them. This is partly due to the surprisingly quiet area of fell near Lily Tarn. So close to Ambleside it is a typical area of rugged countryside, rocky outcrops and thick bracken. In its centre is the exquisite, but small, Lily Tarn. are the framework for this excellent walk from Ambleside. In addition the route then leads to Loughrigg Tarn which is also rarely visited.

From Loughrigg Tarn the walk carries on around the slopes of Loughrigg Fell. There are some excellent views from Loughrigg Terrace, looking north over Grasmere towards Skiddaw and Blencathra. On reaching Rydal Water there is a choice of paths to follow back to Ambleside. The best keeps higher on the southern slopes of Loughrigg Tarn and passes by the deep quarry caves. These caves are the result of slate quarrying 100s of years past. However if you want to stick close to the shoreline a fine path does this, continuing along the River Rothay to Ambleside.

All in all it is an excellent walk which includes lovely scenery, convenient access and without too many others.


Read the book of Dorothy Wordsworth (sister of William) about her walking experiences around this area, a tough lady!

Navigation Tips on the Loughrigg Tarn walk

Do not miss Loughrigg Terrace. On leaving Loughrigg Tarn on the road the footpath leaves to the right only a few metres past the junction on the road.

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