Loughrigg Fell Circular Walk

Loughrigg Fell Circular Walk

This 7.6-mile trail takes you on an adventure from the popular town of Ambleside to the summit of Loughrigg Fell, and past Rydal Cave.



This Lake District walk is a true spectacle to be seen. Making the most of views over Grasmere and Rydal Water, it’s sure to be one of the most scenic spots in the National Park. 

The Loughrigg Fell walk is a circular route beginning just outside of Rothay Park – a great base for a picnic spot on your descent from this moderate walk.

There is some road walking, though most is rough paths, so be mindful of this in bad weather.


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  • Running 
  • Hiking 
  • Mountain biking 
  • Bird watching 
  • Historic site 


  1. Begin on Under Loughrigg Road to the left of the River Rothay, just outside of Ambleside. This can be accessed off the A593. 
  2. Follow the road north before passing over a cattle grid and reaching a public bridleway and heading left towards Loughrigg Tarn. Continue along the rough path. 
  3. Pass Brow Head Farm, Miller Brow, and Deer Hows, until you reach a gate onto the open fell. Pass through the gate and bear right, following the wall right for a short while. 
  4. As the wall bears again, bear left on a path to round the small hill. 
  5. Continue along the main path until reaching the route with boggy patches. Follow this and continue to head for the notch at the top of the hill. 
  6. Climb to a col below a cairn before bearing right. Next, bear left around a boggy patch and continue. 
  7. Follow the path, heading for the trig point (if there is a cross of paths it does not matter too much which one you take as long as you are heading in the general direction). 
  8. Upon reaching the summit trig point, bear right and venture northwest, aiming for the notch of Dunmail Raise. 
  9. Follow the descending path and continue down the stone-pitched route towards Loughrigg Terrace. 
  10. When you reach the Terrace, turn right and continue along the fellside. Follow the only path bearing right to cross the shoulder of a small knoll below Ewe Crag. 
  11. Continue down the path towards Rydal Cave. 
  12. Facing away from the cave, bear right and then left onto the rough track, with the wall enclosing Jobson Close to your left. Keep to the right of the track until reaching a gate. Pass through the gate into the walled lane. 
  13. Take the tarmac road down past the cottages and Cote How to Pelter Bridge. 
  14. Ignore the bridge and turn right back onto Under Loughrigg Road to return you to your starting point. 


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