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Ambleside and Rydal circular
Introduction to Walk 3075

Photo from the walk - Ambleside and Rydal circular

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Central Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Peter Smyly

Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km

Ascent - 1200 feet / 364 metres

Time - 4 hours 30 minutes

Grade - easy/mod

This Lake District walking route takes in the Rydal and Ambleside area of Lakeland. The description has an emphasis on features of local historic and geographic interest. Overall the walk offers gentle gradients but there is one fairly steep pull up onto Loughrigg Fell from the south shore of Grasmere (lake). The route includes two of Lakeland's smaller lakes - Rydal Water and Grasmere. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Loughrigg Fell. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).

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Walk 1002
The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 11.0 miles / 17.9 km
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 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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