LOUGHRIGG from AMBLESIDE

 


Summary

Date - 4th January 2006 Distance - 7.5 miles
Map - OL7 Start point - Central car park, Ambleside (NY 376047)

 

Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Loughrigg 1101 335 NY 3470 0515

 

The Walk

Shaun being the founder of our club had climbed to a few summits before Tetley joined him. So that he and Tetley could finish the Wainwrights together it was necessary therefore to revisit these fells, and Loughrigg was one of them. It was a very cold and frosty but clear January morning when we set off tucked securely in Dad’s rucksack. We crossed Rothay Park and then continued past Browhead Farm. Here we had a superb view of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

After crossing more open ground the true ascent of the fell commenced and once the ridge was reached we were astounded by the views to the west. First looking down we saw Loughrigg Tarn.

Then raising our eyes we beheld this view of Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Loft Crag, Pike o’ Stickle and Harrison Stickle.

We continued to enjoy these views as Dad walked on and after about another half and hour we reached the summit marked by a trig point. Needless to say we jumped out to have our photograph taken.

The onward route was now north-west to descend to Loughrigg Terrace. Being the north facing and sunless side of the hill the ground was just like sheet ice. Dad had to be very careful indeed, and while he did "skate" on a few occasions we all thankfully got safely to the good path of the Terrace. This overlooks Grasmere.

Descending further we walked alongside Rydal Water. It was afternoon now, yet the grass here was still covered with frost, so you can imagine what a cold day it was.

Eventually we reached the main road and followed this to the car park. Dad went to an open air café near Grasmere, but not surprisingly it was closed. Instead he went to one called Wilfs in the village of Staveley. A warming pot of tea was enjoyed with an enormous piece of chocolate caramel shortbread.

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