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The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside
Introduction to Walk 1002

Photo from the walk - The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

Nat Park - Lake District - Eastern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 11.0 miles / 17.9 km

Ascent - 3400 feet / 1030 metres

Grade - mod/hard

The Fairfield horseshoe includes seven other Lake District fells. Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag and Hart Crag form the outward route with the return over Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar back to Ambleside via Rydal. This is a high level Lake District walk so choose a good day to make the most of the great views. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).

Walk Description  Map showing start
 

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Ordnance Survey Explorer OL5Sheet Map1:25kBUY MAP
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Ordnance Survey Explorer OL7Sheet Map1:25kBUY MAP
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Ordnance Survey Landranger 90Sheet Map1:50kBUY MAP
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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

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Walks from the same start

Walk 1170
A shortened version of the Fairfield Horseshoe
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km
Walk 1023
Wansfell Pike & Wansfell from Ambleside
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Walk 3519
High Sweden Bridge from Ambleside
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 3.0 miles / 4.9 km
Walk 3075
Ambleside and Rydal circular
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Walk 3423
Dove Crag & Red Screes - Scandale Horseshoe
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km

Other walks nearby

Walk 2026
1.0 miles / 1.7 km away
Loughrigg from Pelter Bridge near Rydal
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Walk 3034
1.1 miles / 1.8 km away
Red Screes & Other Fells from Ambleside
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km
Walk 3697
2.1 miles / 3.4 km away
Loughrigg Fell from Skelwith Bridge
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Walk 1823
2.3 miles / 3.6 km away
Fairfield Horseshoe & Loughrigg from High Close
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 14.0 miles / 22.8 km
Walk 1472
2.8 miles / 4.5 km away
Alcock Tarn, Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1565
2.8 miles / 4.5 km away
Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere village
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 1682
2.8 miles / 4.5 km away
Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 2715
2.9 miles / 4.7 km away
Skelwith Bridge & Loughrigg from Elterwater
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 1684
2.9 miles / 4.7 km away
Lingmoor Fell & Langdale from Elterwater
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1141
3.0 miles / 4.8 km away
An Elterwater circular
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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Lake District: Low Level and Lake Walks

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