Lands above Ambleside

  • Great views of southern Lakeland
  • Short walk from Ambleside
  • Visit pretty Lily Tarn

In all my years of passing through and visiting Ambleside I never realised that there was such a lovely area of uplands so close to the town centre. With my instinct always to be looking at Wansfell I have ignored the hillocks, tarns and bracken coated slopes between Ambleside and Clappersgate. I headed up some short but steep slopes from the large Ambleside parks and soon emerged at Lily Tarn, the centrepiece of the area, a tiny tarn surrounded by rocky outcrops, all worth visiting with their excellent views in all directions.

I did not take/find the path to Clappersgate as I was not keen on walking back alongside the busy road and returned to Ambleside via one of the multitude of sheep tracks that pepper this area – some leading to some steep land.

This is a short walk even if you do take your time and have a picnic on the summit area but if you have longer take off north and enjoy the delights of Loughrigg Fell

Recommend: Message to myself, ‘never pre-judge an area, check it out first’.

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Above Ambleside map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 373041. The best car park is on the field off the Coniston/Hawkshead road to the west of Ambleside. Cut north through the park, cross the River Rothay and take to the fellside 50 yards to the north (right)
Height to Climb: 161 ms (517 feet)
Terrain: A steep climb initially on a quiet road and then a grassy path leads to a lovely mass of intermingling paths among rocky knolls and quiet dells.
Eating & Drinking: Ambleside has a large choice of places to eat & drink but on a warm summer's day take a picnic.
Similar Walks Nearby: Loughrigg Tarn & Rydal Water
Footsteps of Wordsworth
A round of Elterwater
Places to Stay:


Ambleside BackpackersRooms at the Apple Pie, Ambleside


Smallwood Hotel, AmblesideOld Vicarage, Ambleside