Thanks to Lee Benson for this contribution to the blog. Todd Crag and Lily Tarn near Ambleside.
We managed to get parked on the Under Loughrigg Road but you need to be early to get here, you could park in town centre and cross the park where you will find a bridge over a river that will join you on to this road (GR tbc).
We started the walk by crossing the cattle grid and heading up the road, not too far away the road splits and you need to again cross a cattle grid and head up the steep road (never met a car). About five hundred metres up the hill you will find a style into the woods (signposted Clappersgate), take this.
After leaving the woods you’ll cross a bridge then head up some steps. At the top of the steps the path splits; take the left one which will take you to the summit of Todd Crag (there are several possiblities and we found no obvious marker so we chose the highest point).
The views offered over Ambleside and Windermere Lake are great. When on the summit if you turn with your back to the lake you will see a mound, head over this bearing a little to the left and you will find Lily Tarn. If you take the path behind the bench at the tarn it will take you back to the bridge and woods.
This area at the top is large and covered in lots of little ups and downs and rocky areas, hours could be spent up here exploring.
Overall all we probably walked about two miles some of it steep and a few small scrambles but all managed by a nearly four year old and well worth the effort.
This walk took us an hour and half but if the weather had been better we would have spent longer on the top. Would really recommend to anybody visiting Ambleside.
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