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Sunday 20th May Lake District walks ; (1)Fairfield Horseshoe(2)Rydal and Grasmere

posted 9 May 2012, 14:25 by jenny rookes
There are two walks on offer, both based on Ambleside/Grasmere. The first is an all time favourite  ridge walk, known as The Fairfield Horseshoe. Ridges always provide the very best fell walking and, in this case, a chain of no less than 8 summit viewpoints is almost certain to guarantee a great days walk. The walk begins at Rydal Mount - parking is available there or in Ambleside where the walk ends ( further details of possible parking arrangements  to follow)
A short road-walk picks up the footpath round the back of Rydal Hall. Soon the path rises towards Nab Scar, then Heron Pike. A lovely ridge continues north to Great Rigg, then Fairfield Summit. From there it's Hart Crag, then Dove Crag, before a long steady descent to High Pike and Low Pike, followed by path, track and finally lane to head back to Ambleside, arriving pretty near to either the car park or the Golden Rule pub as you prefer.

As the route follows ridges you are guaranteed fantastic views of many of the Lake District hills (weather permitting). It also makes for easy navigation. The ascent of 1050 m is done in a  long, steady climb with few really steep sections and the paths are clear and well made throughout. It is a long walk, at just under 10 miles but there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and drink in the view, and once you have made the climb you have 5 miles or more of glorious flat or steady descent to relax and enjoy it all.

The second walk is a low level but beautiful walk from Rydal Mount to Grasmere along the "Corpse Road"  and people can then decide to stay and explore Grasmere and Wordsworth's Cottage, or continue around the lakes, returning to Rydal Mount along well laid out paths. The full walk, from Rydal to Grasmere and on around the mere, taking in the terraces of Loughrigg is 5.6 miles and involves 260 m of ascent. It is on level paths throughout with some stiles and a little road walking through Grasmere.  This walk also passes the major sites associated with Wordsworth's life, Dove Cottage, Rydal Hall and his grave in the old church of St Oswalds.

We will hope for the usual British sunny summer weather, but walkers (especially on the Fairfield walk) should bring waterproofs and decent boots and food for the day.
Both walks are suitable for dogs.

We will meet at Rydal Hall (signposted off A591 Grasmere to Ambleside Road) in time for a 10.45 start
If you would like a lift, or could offer one, please get in touch with me through e mail.
Hope to see you there.