Lake District Walks
Date: 3rd April 2008
Distance: 4.5 miles
Ascent: 1216 feet
Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
With: Lisa and Claire
Start Grid Ref: NY348065
A lovely exploration of Loughrigg with magnificent views of Grasmere and Rydal Water.
Route Summary: White Moss Common - River Rothay - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg - Black Mire - Rydal Cave - Grasmere - River Rothay - White Moss Common
1. Silver How and Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace
2. Helm Crag and Steel Fell
3. Claire and Lisa on the path climbing up from Loughrigg Terrace
4. By the site of the Grasmere Cairn
5. Lisa and Claire on the top of Loughrigg
6. Ambleside and Wansfell Pike
7. The Langdale Pikes
8. Helm Crag and Steel Fell
9. Looking back at the top of Loughrigg
10. High Pike and Low Pike
11. Lisa and Claire crossing Troughton Gill
12. Looking out of the 'jaws' of Rydal Cave
13. Nab Scar and Rydal Water
14. Helm Crag and Grasmere
Walk Detail: My initial plan was to do the Lord’s Seat walk I had planned via Aiken Beck but it was really grey and dull in the morning much to Claire’s disappointment as she was the only one of the family who had not been out for a walk so far on the holiday. I suggested we wait until the afternoon but when it arrived it was still not much better.
In the end I suggested Loughrigg which was one of the lowest I had not yet done. As it happened this proved to be an inspired choice as south of Dunmail Raise the weather was fantastic, a complete contrast to the gloomy skies and poor visibility just a few miles north.
In fact this proved to be, beyond all expectation, a magnificent walk and one I can imagine doing many times in the future. The terrace route was fantastic and the steep section to the summit at least gave the impression of some proper fell walking. We made the summit fairly early in the walk and despite the modest altitude the fell is excellently placed to view a number of lakes, valleys and fell groupings. It was a fine place to be.
The rest of the walk involved a fine ramble in and out a number of the many bumps and subsidiary tops. Eventually we dropped down to the interesting caves, the largest of which we went inside despite the warning signs. Following this we made the short diversion down to the shore of Grasmere, a truly lovely spot. Considering the weather both when we left and got back to Keswick we were exceptionally lucky and all three of us really enjoyed ourselves.