There are few scrambles in Snowdonia that are as rightly famous as the Bochlwyd Horseshoe. As it includes both the...
Classic Lakeland circuit from Ambleside
Distance: 20 Kms
Ascent: 1220 metres
Time: 8 hours
Start and Finish: Ambleside
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We recommend the The Near Eastern Fells: Walking Guide to the Lake District (Lakeland Fellranger) guidebook from Cicerone or the usual Wainwright’s Walking Guide to the Lake District Fells Book 1: The Eastern Fells
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Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside
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.
Fairfield Horseshoe Route Map
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