A Circuit of Loughrigg.

There are times when it isn't always necessary to include a mountain top to enjoy a good walk. Indeed by avoiding the tops and popular paths it is often possible to complete such a walk enjoy fine views and the peace and quiet without meeting hordes of people.Whilst not meeting all of these criteria a circuit of Loughrigg at this time of year can provide a peaceful and pleasant walk. Anyway, from Ambleside this circuit starts by following Nook Lane to Nook End, decends beside Scandale Gill to the track through Rydal Park and continues through the grounds of Rydal Hall to emerge on to the A591 road by Rydal Church.Across the main road, opposite the Badger Bar,the River Rothay is crossed by a footbridge. From there the way rounds the end of Rydal Water then continues uphill to Rydal Cave. Continue on a high path leading to the beginning of the ever popular Loughrigg Terrace which is followed uphill to Red Bank. Turning southwards down the minor road brings you to a wide track around Loughrigg Tarn. At the gate at the south end of this track a left turn after passing through the gate takes you on a path that can be followed initially uphill, then down past Pine Rigg and Brow Head back to Ambleside. The whole route can be traced on OS English Lakes map OL7. But then maybe I should have kept quiet about this walk!

On the path from Nook End down to Rydal Park the view northwestwards.

Rounding the end of Rydal Water.

And from the path to Rydal Cave looking towards Low Pike and Red Screes.

The crags and top of Nab Scar from a little further along the path.

Silver How from the path to Loughrigg Terrace.

On the path above Loughrigg Tarn a zoom shot of Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and Wet Side Edge.

And of course the classic view across the tarn to the Langdale Pikes .

From above the path back over the shoulder of Loughrigg to Pine Rigg and Ambleside another view of Pike O'Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.

And from the same point looking in the opposite direction towards Windermere .

On the way down the track back to Ambleside snow covered Froswick and Ill Bell seen beyond the lower slopes of the eastern arm of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Red Screes from close to Pine Rigg on the track down from Loughrigg or over from Elterwater village.

And finally......From just below Brow Head and almost back down to Ambleside looking towards Wansfell. .

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