Loughrigg Fell, just south of Grasmere and Rydal Water is a fantastic family fell to climb. It’s officially a “Wainwright”, standing at 335 metres.
The route we took was easy to navigate and pretty direct to the top. There are plenty of other routes, but be warned that the top itself is expansive and can be a bit difficult to navigate, which is why we’d recommend this particular route for ease.
We managed to park in a layby that accommodates up to 4 cars on the A591 at GR 345062 on OS map OL7. Obviously you have to get there early. Benefits include free parking, but also it knocks off about a mile of the walk, so if you have very little ones it makes it a bit easier for them. If the layby is full, there is pay and display parking at White Moss, GR 351065.
If you’re starting from White Moss, simply follow the clearly marked footpath along the river, over the far bridge and up to the shore of Grasmere. We’ve done this walk before, as a walk in itself. Details of the White Moss walk can be found here.
If you’re starting from the layby, there is a little gap in the wall on the other side of the road with steps down to join the path. Turn right on this path, then turn left to follow the path down to the little bridge over the river to the shores of Grasmere.
Enjoy Penny Rock beach while you’re there, it’s a beautiful little place with magnificent views. When you’re ready, head up the footpath opposite the bridge which is signed “Rydal Caves”. Follow this path gently uphill until you zig zag almost back on yourself to walk gently up Loughrigg Terrace. This is a beautiful easy walk, offering magnificent views and with plenty of benches to rest on. If you feel you can’t make it up Loughrigg Fell, then the Terrace is worth coming to, as it’s a very manageable walk to here.
At the end of Loughrigg Terrace, turn left and head up. This is the steep bit of the walk, but it’s not too hard and it’s not too far. Keep following the clear path all the way to the very top, where you’ll find a trig point. Hopefully you’ll get better views than we did, as today we were in a cloud at the top! I’ve marked up the route from White Moss car park on the map in the photographs below.
We did an out and back route today, which totalled 3 miles and took about 3 hours including all our stops (4 miles if you were to park in the White Moss car park). But, if you’ve got enough energy, you could head back down towards one of our favourite spots, Rydal Caves, for an explore. They are at GR 355058, and we’d recommend heading back down and across Loughrigg Terrace to get to them most easily.
We were going to go to Badger Bar, which is close by on the A591, but our little girl wasn’t feeling 100%, so we headed home. We’ll save that one for another day.
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