fairfield horseshoe in winter

Great Walks In and Around Ambleside

Walks From Ambleside

There are lots of walks and cycle rides that you can do from Riverside – without taking your car. These range from a gentle stroll to an all -day classic high level fell walk. As this is the Lake District, please ensure that you have the proper clothing, footwear and equipment needed to meet the changing weather conditions – please feel free to ask for advice.

The following is a small selection of walks that can be done from Riverside. Please ask for details and maps.


A pleasant stroll of about a mile that takes you to Waterhead, past the Roman fort Galava. Waterhead is where you can catch the Lake Windermere steamers and boats to Bowness and Lakeside.

Stockghyll Force

Is only half a mile from the centre of Ambleside and is fairly typical of the waterfalls in the Lake District. This is a very scenic walk that can be extended to around 2 miles to take in the small hamlet of Seathwaite.


One of the best walks in the Lake District for the least effort! This walk is around four miles (two and a half hours) and takes in Rydal Cave and Loughrigg Terrace, with stunning views across Lake Grasmere to the Fairfield Horseshoe. You can either get the bus back or return via the “Coffin Route”

Jenkyn’s Crag

It is around one mile from the centre of Ambleside to Jenkyn’s Crag and gives great views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. It can be combined with other walks to Brockhole Visitor Centre, where the return can be made by motor launch to Waterhead.

Loughrigg Fell

A good beginner’s to intermediate fell walk of around 6 miles and 1100 ft. It provides superb views of the Langdales, Grasmere, Rydal Water and the Fairfield Horseshoe. It has a relatively flat summit and lots of little paths, with ever-changing views.

Wansfell Pike

Wansfell gives wonderful views of Ambleside, the whole of Lake Windermere and its surrounding fells. It is around 5-6 miles and takes in around 1800 ft of ascent. The walk is a little steep in placesand the actual summit of Wansfell is just short of 1600 ft.

Red Screes

There are a variety of ways of tackling Red Screes, but from Ambleside, the walk is around 7 miles and 2300 ft of ascent, lasting about 5 hours. The actual height of the fell is just under 2500 ft and provides wonderful views of Ambleside and Lake Windermere.

Fairfield Horseshoe

This is a classic Lakeland high- level fell walk and takes in around 8 separate summits. It is covers 11 miles (6-7hours), with a highpoint of nearly 2900 ft. The total height of ascent is around 3200ft, with spectacular views of most of the high fells in the National Park – Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and many more.

If you fancy attempting the Cumbrian Way, which starts at Ulverston and finishes in Carlisle (71 miles); or the Westmorland Way which is 95 miles long then contact our friends at Brigantes Walking holidays

They can organise trips and can even take your luggage to your next port of call!

About Richard & Diney

Richard & Diney met whilst working in London and moved to the Lake District in the summer of 2015. Moving to Ambleside was a quick and easy decision to make with planning taking place in the autumn of 2014. Richard spent the best part of 25 years in the world of finance before seeing the light and moving to Cumbria, while Diney’s love of the Lake District began during her first catering job working at the Outward Bound Centre in Eskdale.