Loughrigg Fell is a hill in the central part of the Lake District.
It stands on the end of the long ridge coming down from High Raise over
Silver How towards Ambleside and is separated from its neighbours by the
depression of Red Bank.
The fell is surrounded by an unusual
amount of open water. To the north, the River Rothay flows through
Grasmere and Rydal Water before bending around the eastern side of
On the southern flank, the River Brathay runs from
Elterwater and is also fed by the outfall from Loughrigg Tarn.
The two rivers merge at Clappersgate on the south eastern corner of the
fell, just before flowing into Windermere.
The western boundary
is formed by Red Bank (535 ft) on the ridge to Silver How and unnamed
becks fall north and south into Grasmere and Elterwater.
Loughrigg has two subsidiary ridges on its eastern flank. Lanty Scar
provides the obvious line of ascent from Rydal, while the spur rising
over Todd Crag leads up from Clappersgate.
There are many areas
of woodland on the lower slopes giving way to a wide expanse of bracken
clad knolls and small tarns on the top.
The summit is on the
western side of the plateau and is identified by an Ordnance Survey
column. Many lower tops also decorate the fell, sometimes to the
confusion of visitors.
Despite the girdle of lakes only
Windermere is visible from the summit. The vista is open to the south
over the green and blue country of Furness, with many fells in view on
the other three sides.
The fell is easily accessible being
surrounded by roads on all sides. Ambleside and the smaller villages of
Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater, Grasmere and Rydal are all within reach, as
is the popular double car park at White Moss Common.
run over the fell including the well known Loughrigg Terrace, a level
path with superb views of Grasmere, Helm Crag and the Fairfield group.
Just beyond the eastern end of the Terrace are some quite remarkable
caves, caused by quarrying. They penetrate about 150 feet (46 m) into
the hillside and are often full of water.
The highest rocky knoll
can be identified by an Ordnance Survey triangulation column beside a
large cairn, both standing out from the turf. The view includes intimate
views of the Langdale Pikes and the fells around Grasmere, together with
the Fairfield horseshoe and the Coniston Fells. Elterwater, Grasmere and
a large part of Windermere can also be seen.
An easy way up
Loughrigg is from the White Moss car park on the A591 between Grasmere
and Rydal Water. This simple walk entails only around 700 ft (210 m) of
ascent over 1.5 miles (2.4 km). From the car park a trail leads through
woods onto Loughrigg Terrace.
From the end of the terrace, a path
leads up left steeply over steps to the wide undulating top area.
Ascents are also possible from any of the surrounding villages with
Loughrigg Fell is on the route of the
Windermere Way, a long distance footpath that circles Windermere and the
summit is the middle one of three visible knolls.
routes near Loughrigg Fell