Loughrigg Fell and Todd Crag from Ambleside.

Start. Ambleside.

Route. Ambleside - Rothay Park - Under Loughrigg Road - Miller Brow - Black Mire - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Terrace - Deer Bolts Wood - Red Bank - The How - Loughrigg Tarn - Todd Crag - Miller Brow - Under Loughrigg Road - Rothay Park Ambleside.

Notes. Loughrigg Fell a real walkers magnet, close to the honey pots of Ambleside and Grasmere, ease of access makes this a very popular hill. People of every age can be found wandering it's many paths, today there was no escaping the crowds, I tried, steering clear of the main trod along the ever popular Loughrigg Terrace, I headed back under the hills western flanks passing Loughrigg Tarn then on to Todd Crag, with it's stunning views the length of Lake Windermere. On Todd Crag I sat out of the wind just drinking in those marvelous views, oblivious to the many happy snappers and chitterers and chatterers behind me.

Digging deep into my pockets brought a tear to my eye as I filled the parking meter in one of Ambleside's many car parks, a late start forced me to park in this tourist honey pot. The short walk through Rothay Park was a delight, Autumn was upon us the colours were stunning, a narrow footbridge (Miller Bridge) guided me over the River Rothay onto Under Loughrigg Road, I crossed the cattle grid to my right to be met by a finger-post announcing I'd reached the start of the bridleway to Elter Water. The ascent started immediately, steep at first over tarmac and fallen leaves, soon I was on a gravel track gradually climbing through woodland, trees obscuring the views. I crossed the final intake to access a vast tract of moorland, the saddle linking Loughrigg Fell with Todd Crag. On I walked, views over Langdale to the Coniston massif opened out before me. After fording a stream a small unnamed tarn marked the start of one of the many paths leading to the summit of Loughrigg Fell, I turned right (north), a good path guided me all the way to the summit then down the other side, depositing me on Loughrigg Terrace.

Loughrigg Terrace is popular with good reason, stunning views over Grasmere and its vale, wonderful Autumnal colours brought day trippers out on mass, I shunned the crowds turning left to follow the path through Deer Bolts Wood, this allowed access to the tarmac ribbon of Red Bank Road. The road descends into Langdale, I was hunting for a drive on the left leading to The How. I left the road passing between two formal gate posts, the drive guides you passed Loughrigg Tarn, if you wish you can follow the shore path, I did before joining a field path on the south side of the tarn. This green trod carried me to the bridleway I'd left at the small unnamed tarn earlier, I turned to head back to Ambleside, but first a short diversion, Todd Crag beckond. In the company of a dry stone wall I wandered, under the cliffs of Ivy Crag then onto the saddle spanning Loughrigg Fell and Todd Crag, for fifty yards the main track left the wall, then I left the main track to pick up the wall once again, after fording that same stream I crossed earlier, my friend the wall guided me over good paths all the way to the row of low crags known locally as Todd Crag. After soaking up the views I descended to the north, following one of a number of paths to reach a wooden footbridge, I crossed this bridge then a stile that lead back onto my access route, all that remained was to re-trace my steps to the car.

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Lit by the afternoon sun, the Fairfield Horseshoe.

The high skyline, Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick.

Black Crag seen from the unnamed tarn on the saddle.

Taking a breath on the ascent, looking to Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam.

No summit shot today, people a hanging round the trig point like bees round a honey pot, instead here's a view to the head of Langdale, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

Descending to Loughrigg Terrace soaking up the views over the Vale of Grasmere.

Viewing the Coniston massif from the steep northern slopes of Loughrigg Fell.

Looking over Huntingstile and Silver How to the distant drama of the Langdale skyline.

Towering above the pass of Dunmail Raise, Seat Sandal and the lower Steel Fell.

Autumn in Deer Bolts Wood.

Through the trees my first glimpse of Loughrigg Tarn.

Autumn on the sylvan western slopes of Loughrigg Fell.

A classic Lakeland vista, the Langdale Pikes over Loughrigg Tarn.

Seen from the walk in to Todd Crag, Ill Bell and Froswick.

On Todd Crag looking down on Waterhead, look carefully you can just make out the remains of Galava Roman Fort.

This is the view people flock to Todd Grag to enjoy, Windermere Lake in all it's glory.

Fairfield and the arms of it's famous horseshoe seen from Todd Crag.

The white-washed buildings of Ambleside rest in the shadow of Wansfell Pike.

Before descending into the forestry a view to High and Low Pikes.

The shadows are getting longer, soon the sun will set, not before I get another view to Fairfield.

In Rothey Park enjoying long shadows and Autumnal colours with the grey spire of St Mary's Church rising into a sky of steel blue.

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