Loughrigg Fell, The Closest Walk From Riverside B&B
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Step out of Riverside B&B and turn left along Under Loughrigg until you reach the footbridge (Miller Bridge) that takes you into the park. Ignore this and keep going along the road.
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In 50m, turn left onto a metalled track, crossing a cattle grid. Follow this track steeply uphill. The driveway zigzags up the fellside serving as an access lane to a number of houses. After passing the last house (used to be the golf half-way hut but is now a magnificent house), go through a gate. The track deteriorates to a stony path and leads out onto open moorland. Just after a gate, the track descends to a stream.
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Cross the stream and head half-right and uphill along a muddy/grassy track (this is key otherwise you will end up in Skelwith Bridge). You will soon need to scramble over a small outcrop, but this may be bypassed beneath and to the right. On the top of Loughrigg, there is a network of paths and it is easy to lose the main route. Just keep heading in roughly the same direction, keeping towards the left-hand edge and the trig point marks the true summit.(there is at least 1 false summit).
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When you reach the trig point have a rest and have some of Diney's freshly baked cake!....continue ahead and over the edge. Follow the obvious, but difficult, path steeply downhill to meet a broad path (Loughrigg Terrace), near woodland.
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Turn left onto Loughrigg Terrace to cross a footbridge and go through a gate. Almost immediately, go through a gate on your right. Follow the good path gradually downhill, through the woods. When you reach a cottage on your left, switch back to the right into the National Trust's 'Deerbolts Wood', signposted 'Lake, Whitemoss and Rydal'
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This path gradually descends to the lake. If you wish, you can 'cut the corner' here, or at a number of similar paths. When you get to the lake, turn left. Follow the lakeside path until it cuts sharp left, away from the lake, to reach a flight of wooden steps. At the top of the steps, turn right onto the lane and follow it down all the way into Grasmere Village. Have a bite to eat at Greens or Mathilde's (their Aquavit bloody Mary is particularly good)
Time 3 hours
Distance 5.9 miles