Loughrigg Fell

  • Modest height disguises a wonderful fell
  • Beautiful views over lakes and fells
  • Always full of interest

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 competing for prominence but still allowing room for hidden grassy enclaves and remote tarns, perfect for picnics and hideaways. The fell is not uniform and is there for a leisurely exploration – similar to Gowbarrow or Haystacks – with the summit area a real delight. The views of the surrounding, and usually larger, fells is excellent as are the lakes making the main decision  simply to which direction to stare. Probably best for me is the view over Elterwater in to Langdale but there is somthing of interest in each direction.

The relatively low height does not detract from the variety of ascending/descending 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 which is linking Grasmere and Rydal at this point, mainly because it includes great views of both lakes. Wainwright likes the climb from Skelwith Bridge but this makes a circular more difficult and limits the views north but it really makes little difference, without being too corny ‘every step on Loughrigg Fell is a delight’

Recommend: Spend some time to explore the full summit area and the differing viewing points. Count the lakes and name as many peaks as possible

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 350065. There is parking at the River Rothay between Grasmere and Rydal. Cross the river and head slightly uphill to for Loughrigg Terrace.
Height to Climb: 293ms (961 feet)
Terrain: A myriad of fabulous tracks cover Loughrigg Fell. It is easy to get lost in them but who cares? The descent I have chosen to the odd cairn above Rydal is my favourite (if you can find it!)
Eating & Drinking: A picnic haven on the fascinating summit of Loughrigg Fell. There is always a quiet spot, hidden away with a great view
Similar Walks Nearby: In the Footsteps of Wordsworth
Exploring Elterwater
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