Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

Route Information

Ambleside LA22, UK


Summits on this Route
Dove Crag - 792m Not Rated
Fairfield - 873m 4/5
Great Rigg - 766m Not Rated
Hart Crag - 822m Not Rated
Heron Pike (Rydal) - 612m Not Rated
Heron Pike North Top (Rydal Fell) - 621m Not Rated
Stone Arthur - 504m Not Rated

Route Summary:

Classic Lakeland circuit from Ambleside

Distance: 20 Kms

Ascent: 1220 metres

Time: 8 hours

Start and Finish: Ambleside


All facilities in Ambleside


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Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

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Dave Chick, from All the Gear, No Idea, shares his walking route around the Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside which is one of the classic Lake District fell walks. This Fairfield Horseshoe route starts off by taking a low level route towards Rydal, where this circular route starts in earnest. It ascends steeply up Lord Crag to Heron Pike, where you can take a breather as you’ve got half the ascent of the day out of the way. Normally, you’d continue onward to Great Rigg, but this route adds a detour to the viewpoint of Stone Arthur before returning to the usual FAirfield Horseshoe route.

Finally, it’s on to the summit of Fairfield, with superb views of the Lake District in all directions especially towards the neighbouring Helvellyn. You could stay here all day, but there’s still a number of summits that need to be climbed before the day’s out. Hart Crag and Dove Crag are the two final proper summits, with High Pike walked over on the descent. Those looking for more of a challenge could continue onward to Red Screes for a really epic day out on the fells.

The Fairfield Horseshoe finishes off with a steady descent down the ridge over High Pike, Low Pike and Sweden Crag on your way back to Ambleside, finally crossing Low Sweden Bridge before a short walk into the town on a quiet lane.

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  1. […] of Fairfield is lucky enough to have two classic circular routes in the Deepdale Horseshoe and the Farifield Horseshoe. The Deepdale Horseshoe is a bit more rugged than it’s more bucolic southern counterpart, […]

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