Loughrigg Fell and rainbow

Loughrigg Fell seen from Latterbarrow (picture taken on walk 76, 29/10/13)

Height: 1101 feet above sea level

Loughrigg Fell above the mist

Loughrigg Fell (altitide 1101 feet) enjoys feeling like a lofty Alpine peak for a morning

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 5th November 2009 (walk 8).

Second visit: 5th September 2015 (walk 104B).

Bagged as number: First round: 27 out of 330. [ << Troutbeck Tongue (26)  (28) Silver How >> ]

Second round: 19 out of 330. [ << Silver How (18)  (20) Ulthwaite Rigg (Wet Sleddale Horseshoe) >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Ambleside. Descended to Loughrigg Terrace and then walked on to Silver How.

Second visit: Came up from Rydal, and returned there. As explained on the walk 104B page, in neither direction were we following any specific advice given by Wainwright.

Loughrigg summit

Loughrigg summit. Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes in the background.

What Mr. Wainwright says: (from page 2 of his chapter): “…no ascent is more repaying for the small labour involved in visiting its many cairns, for Loughrigg has delightful grassy paths, a series of pleasant surprises along the traverse of the summits, several charming vistas and magnificent views, fine contrasts of velvety turf, rich bracken and grey rock, a string of little tarns like pearls in a necklace, and a wealth of stately trees on the flanks…. this fell has a wealth of interests and delights, and for many people who now find pleasure in walking over the greater mountains it served as an introduction and an inspiration. Everybody likes Loughrigg.”

Rydal cave

Rydal cave, the biggest cave in the Lakes (albeit artificial).

What I say: Loughrigg is an easy walk, with no particularly steep slopes, and it does have some ‘magnificent views’, that is for sure. It also has Rydal cave (pictured), an impressive hole that is worth a visit, despite being artificial (a legacy of quarrying).

However, both times that I have visited it has proven to be a far from straightforward fell to get off. On the first occasion, the descent to Loughrigg Terrace was unpleasant; very steep and slippery after rain, and despite this being a very well-worn route I did manage to lose the path somehow. Which may say more about me than it does the path.

On the second visit, despite it being a clear and warm summer day, I went completely wrong on the descent, had to battle through head-high bracken and ended up back in Rydal rather than Ambleside, for which I was aiming.  On the whole, then, it is wise to heed the advice at the top of page Loughrigg Fell 5 regarding the confusing nature of its terrain; this is one fell where even the OS Map really doesn’t help very much.

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2 Responses to “Loughrigg Fell”

  1. […] later. I cared not at all. This picture of Gummers’ How, which is some ten miles away from Loughrigg Fell (on the slopes of which I was stood as I took this shot) remains one of my very favourites, as is […]

  2. […] near Grasmere, which I have now numbered as walk 1A. On that walk we did intend to do its neighbour Loughrigg Fell as well, a combination that I did (in the other direction) way back in 2009, on walk […]

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