Loughrigg Fell and Grasmere

Loughrigg Fell is a small mountain (or large hill, take your pick) between Ambleside and Grasmere. It’s well trodden by walkers and although it’s a relatively modest height some stretches of the climb are challenging enough

We parked up at the White Moss car park at the top end of Rydal water and headed along the river and through the woods

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and then took the path along Loughrigg Terrace

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Grasmere soon came into view

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before we started the climb up the steep path up towards the summit.

As we ascended views of the mountains, including the Langdale Pikes, began to open up

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The summit came into view

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Eventually we made it.

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Despite the cloudy, showery weather there were good views from the summit

Looking towards Windermere:

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Looking over Elterwater towards  a cloud covered WetherlamDSC06073

Great Langdale

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Loughrigg Tarn

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We retraced our steps down the path towards Grasmere

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reaching the end of Loughrigg Terrace we took the narrow road overlooking the lake down to Grasmere village

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We stooped off at the village for a brew. Grasmere is a real “honey pot” for coach parties and day trippers besides walkers, so the cafes were all quite busy.

This is the National Trust shop and office in an attractive old house

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and the Grasmere Gingerbread shop, next to the church graveyard where Wordsworth is buried, is in another old building that used to be the village school.

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It was mid afternoon by now and we decided to visit  Allan Bank, one of Wordsworth’s former homes, which is owned by the National Trust. It’s in a very commanding position overlooking the lake and fells.

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More about the house in another post.

We set off back towards White Moss following the shore of Grasmere

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and the River Rothay

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It had been a busy day so we decided to head back to the cottage to freshen up and to go out for our evening meal.

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