Loughrigg Fell Walk from Ambleside 5/5 (1)

Route Summary:

A walk up Loughrigg, one of the more popular lower fells in the Lake District

9.4 km364 m3.5 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Ambleside


Plenty of facilities in Ambleside, check out our Best Walks from Ambleside for more information. You can also divert to Skelwith Bridge or Grasmere half way around.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Public Transport:

Ambleside is reasonably well served by buses from Keswick, Windermere and Penrith.

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Loughrigg Fell Walk from Ambleside Details

Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District’s Central Fells is an easy fell walk that can be enjoyed from all directions. There’s a good approach up Loughrigg Fell from Grasmere and Rydal Water along the Loughrigg Terrace. You can also approach this popular Wainwright from Skelwith Bridge, usually via Loughrigg Tarn., or even Elterwater. The map below shows the route up Loughrigg Fell from Ambleside, though you can easily join the walk from Grasmere, Rydal, Skelwith Bridge or Clappersgate. There’s a car park at White Moss Common between Grasmere and Rydal Water that also makes an ideal starting point for any ascent of Loughrigg Fell.

Setting off from Ambleside, you’re soon on the open fellside with a good track to follow all the way to the summit. You often find that the lowliest hills have the best views, and Loughrigg Fell is no exception. With it’s central location, the view reads like a Who’s Who of Lakeland’s finest fells as well as views over Grasmere, Winderemere and Rydal Water. The return leg’s not too shabby either, as you descend via Loughrigg Terrace and the southern shore of Rydal Water and back to Ambleside.

You can also return via the Coffin Route from Rydal Water rather than following the country lane to Ambleside.

Loughrigg Fell Walking Route

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