Lakeland Walking Breaks

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Loughrigg Fell



Around Loughrigg

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Langdale to Grasmere
via Easedale Tarn
Grasmere to Langdale
via Silver Howe

Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace

A circuit of Grasmere


Slater Bridge

School Knott Tarn

Windermere Walks

A selection of 8 walks around Bowness and Windermere

Alcock Tarn

An Autumn Walk on the fells above Grasmere

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Rothay Garth Lake District Guest House, Ambleside

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Bridge House Hotel, a lake district hotel in grasmere

Bridge House Hotel



This is one of the finest medium to low level walks in the Lake District, and given good weather is suitable for any time of year. To illustrate the point, most of the pictures on this page were taken on Boxing Day 2008. Those who were in the Lakes that Christmas may remember the superb weather we enjoyed. Frosty mornings, crisp clear days, and plenty of winter sunshine. All that was missing was a fall of snow.

We start by climbing out of Ambleside via the road that used to lead to the old Loughrigg Golf Course. The picture above was actually taken one fine evening at the end of May.

Back to Boxing Day 2008. We've turned left off the road to the old Golf Course and after following a pathway through some trees and crossing a stream we head up the open fell towards Todd Crag, with fine views of Ambleside below.

Waterhead nestles below, with Galava roman fort visible. Although it is Boxing day and the weather is really good we have yet to meet any other walkers.

The scene looking North from Todd Crag, with the Kirkstone Fells in the distance. Unfortunately we've lost the sun for a few minutes. There are plenty of sheep on the fell, but still no other walkers.

One of the classic views of the Lake District, although this shot of it was not taken on Boxing Day, but in June. On our Boxing Day trip the sun was directly to the south and we were under a cloud. The resulting picture was not the best.

Ordnance Survey map aficionados will tell us off at this point as this is not actually Todd Crag.

Heading down the fell towards Loughrigg Tarn. One of the really good things about doing this walk in a clockwise direction is that once you are at Todd Cragg it is downhill all the way, and the views just keep getting better.

The unmistakable outline of the Langdale Pikes from one of the best lunch seats in the district. Lunch is a variation on a sausage roll. Pitta Bread with a Turkey and Onion Marmalade filling, heated, rolled in tin foil and then carefully inserted into a flask to keep it hot. You line the flask with a long strip of tin foil first so that you can get it out, otherwise lunch is very messy. We finished off with a mince pie. Well, it was Christmas after all.

Close to Loughrigg Tarn and lunch for these sheep seems to be equally as enjoyable as ours, although we are not about to give it a try.

Loughrigg Tarn. Yet another classic view. This walk is packed full of them. There are a few folk venturing out now, with lots of Christmas presents getting their first outing. E.g.: Cameras, waterproofs, furry hats etc. etc. Judging by some of the fashions on show, some may not get a second outing!!

We should turn this one into a postcard. The Langdale Pikes seen from Loughrigg Tarn at about 2 o'clock on Boxing Afternoon. Beats watching "The Great Escape" any day.

A mile and a bit further on, and another classic view. We've left Loughrigg Tarn behind and reached Loughrigg Terrace, and this view of Grasmere with Helm Crag standing guard behind. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of people around now, a lot of them have come up from the car park to find out what us walkers get so het up about. After all, it's only a view!!

Leaving Loughrigg Terrace behind and Rydal Water comes into view. For a short time we leave the tourist type people behind as we walk along the upper path to Rydal Caves.

A nice view of Nab Scar from the path to the caves. The sun has all but gone now, and a really cold and frosty night is in prospect. Perfect winter holiday weather in fact.

When we got to the caves there was something of a surprise. More people! On such a nice day the caves overlooking Rydal Water seemed to be the number one attraction for Christmas visitors - and why not!!

Everyone seems to congregate around the upper caves, but the two lower caves also have their attraction, such as the unique patterns made in the stone by the quarrymen.

One last look across Rydal as we head down the track from the caves back towards Ambleside and a warming cup of tea and mince pie. Actually, with the calories we've burned up a bowl of Christmas pud and brandy sauce might be nice!

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Don't forget to mention Lakeland Walking Breaks when contacting your chosen accommodation provider. The Lake District hotels and guest houses participating on this site are amongst the finest of their type in the region, combining a warm welcome and good food with superb facilities for the walker. So whether you prefer a comfy guest house or a country house style hotel, you'll be sure to find accommodation to suit your needs, and all within touching distance of the finest walking country in the world.