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Loughrigg Fell

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Loughrigg Fell stands near to Ambleside and makes for a good walk, it stands at 335m (1099ft) and has its entry in Wainrights Book three the central fells and uses OS map OL7. The route took us along Rydal water a 1.18km stretch of water that gets its water from the fells and the River Rothay, this walk alongside the water gives you some great views. White Moss House, at the northern end of the lake, is believed to be the only house that Wordsworth ever bought. He bought it for his son Willie, and the family lived there until the 1930s. After a while near to Deer leaps wood you head steeply uphill south east towards the summit, for such a little fell the walk was hard but it is on a good path with a little stepping up some big stones. There is a Trig point on the top and a few other people where taking in the fine views across Ambleside and the surrounding fells. You can see that the size of the fell although not that high makes up for it in length and it took some careful map reading to find the many paths that Zig-zag across the fell down towards the Town of Ambleside, in bad weather you could get lost up there as its covered in many small hills and dips. We headed into the town then made it towards the Northern part of Windermere lake, you get less tourists here and it offers the usual Boat trips etc. Wainright wrote loads of pages on this fell and I must say it was a great climb up, infact in good weather it offered outstanding views.

Following from Wikipedia

The fell is surrounded by an unusual amount of open water. To the north the River Rothay flows through Grasmere and Rydal Water before bending around the eastern side of Loughrigg. On the southern flank the River Brathay runs from Elter Water and is also fed by the outfall from Loughrigg Tarn. The two rivers merge at Clappersgate on the south eastern corner of the fell, just before flowing into Windermere. The western boundary is formed by Red Bank (535 ft) on the ridge to Silver How. Unnamed becks fall north and south into Grasmere and Elter Water.
Loughrigg has two subsidiary ridges on its eastern flank. Lanty Scar provides the obvious line of ascent from Rydal, while the spur rising over Todd Crag leads up from Clappersgate. There are many areas of woodland on the lower slopes, giving way to a wide expanse of bracken clad knolls and small tarns on the top. The summit is on the western side of the plateau and is identified by an
Ordnance Survey column. Many lower tops also decorate the fell, sometimes to the confusion of visitors. Despite the girdle of lakes only Windermere is visible from the summit. The vista is open to the south over the green and blue country of Furness, with many fells in view on the other three sides.
The fell is easily accessible, being surrounded by roads on all sides.
Ambleside and the smaller settlements of Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater, Grasmere and Rydal are all within reach, as is the popular double car park at White Moss Common. Many paths run over the fell including the well known Loughrigg Terrace, a level path with superb views of Grasmere, Helm Crag and the Fairfield group. Just beyond the eastern end of the Terrace are some quite remarkable caves, caused by quarrying. They penetrate about 150 feet (46 m) into the hillside and are often full of water; there are other small mines on the fell.

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