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Loughrigg from Pelter Bridge near Rydal
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Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Central Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - John Paterson

Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Time - 2 hours 50 minutes

Grade - easy/mod

A circular Lake District walk near Ambleside that captures the flavour of this wonderful National Park. The walk starts near Rydal Water and climbs to the summit of Loughrigg. The walk offers some superb views of Grasmere and the surrounding fells. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Loughrigg Fell. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. Travel restrictions for exercise in Wales and Scotland will be lifted in early July.

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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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