Loughrigg Tarn & Rydal Water

  • Loughrigg Tarn, Grasmere and Rydal Water
  • Views across central Lakeland
  • Visit quiet Lily Tarn above Ambleside

In the heart of the Lake District lies the typically Lakeland fell of Loughrigg, which is fascinating to climb, but just as much fun to walk around. After the initial short sharp climb out of Ambleside to the beautifully located Lily Tarn the walk is easy and full of interest. Loughrigg Tarn, the terrace on Loughrigg Fell with its superb views and the quiet lakeside walk beside Rydal Water are all highlights.

There is never a dull moment on the entire circuit which includes so much of what makes the Lake District the best place to walk in England. A major part of the reason for the ongoing interest is the changing views , starting with the the southern fells around Coniston and Windermere but changing to the north with glimpses of Blencathra – a real Lakeland perspective.

Recommend: Read the book of Dorothy Wordsworth about her walking experiences around the area, a tough lady!

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Loughrigg Tarn & Fell map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 376047. The large car park just to the North of Ambleside is the best place to start, then head through the park (Rothay Park), cross the bridge and take the path 50 yards to the north (right)
Height to Climb: 276 ms (886 feet)
Terrain: A little rough on the steep climb out of Ambleside but then a mix of good paths, quiet roads and lanes.
Eating & Drinking: There is plenty of choice in Ambleside but nothing on the circuit of Loughrigg Fell.
Similar Walks Nearby: Lands above Ambleside
Wansfell from Troutbeck
Blea Rigg from Langdale
Places to Stay:


Rooms at the Apple Pie, AmblesideOld Vicarage, Ambleside


Smallwood Hotel, AmblesideCuckoo’s Nest Cottage, Ambleside


Ambleside Backpackers