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Fairfield Horseshoe & Loughrigg from High Close

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Eastern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Peter Smyly

Length - 14.0 miles / 22.8 km

Ascent - 3600 feet / 1091 metres

Grade - mod/hard

Start - OS grid reference NY340054
Lat 54.439705 // Long -3.019122
Postcode LA22 9HH (approx. location only)
what3words start safe.kicks.niece

Route Outline

This is one of Lake District's best-known and most popular horseshoe walks which normally uses Ambleside and Rydal as the start and finish points in an anti-clockwise direction. This route goes the other way round and offers further variation by using the unlikely location of High Close as the start and finish point. There is a small area of off-road parking at the road junction with the road leading to Grasmere village at the top of Red Bank. This alternative approach means that you have the "balcony" view overlooking Grasmere lake and village from Loughrigg Terrace in the initial stages, after passing through Deer Bolts Wood, then a walk alongside Rydal Water to Rydal Hall with Nab Scar overlooking the small lake; a view seen in reverse to dramatic effect later after the initial steep climb up Nab Scar, the steepest uphill stretch of the whole route. When you eventually reach Ambleside, the route is completed by going over Loughrigg Fell. From the horseshoe, in clear weather, views are far and wide including lakes such as Windermere, Coniston Water, and Rydal Water and many of the Lakeland peaks.

GPS Files - Notes

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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2715 Skelwith Bridge & Loughrigg from Elterwater - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 1684 Lingmoor Fell & Langdale from Elterwater - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 1141 An Elterwater circular - easy/mod - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 1059 Colwith Force and Skelwith Force from Elterwater - easy/mod - 4.8 miles/7.8 km

Walk 1472 Alcock Tarn, Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Further Information

Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving. The Met Office has a number of forecasts for walkers that identify specific weather risks.

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