Loughrigg and Grasmere

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.

path to grasmere from Loughrigg trig point

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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.

Grasmere and Village in the distance

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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)


350 Metres
Time 3 hours
Distance 5.9 miles

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.