24 November 2020

The Lake District in Autumn - Loughrigg Fell and Grasmere

Grasmere Lake in Autumn
Autumn leaves on the ground

I managed to sneak in another trip away before the second lockdown arrived. We headed to the Lake District which I’d only ever visited in summer before and everywhere was beautiful. I found a walk online to Loughrigg Fell that was described as 'one of the best autumn walks in the Lake District' and it didn’t disappoint; Loughrigg Fell is one of many hills in the Lake District and has an elevation of 335 meters.  

We started the walk in Ambleside and after a few mask-wearing minutes navigating our way through the town, we were soon up in the fells and able to keep our distance from people. The walk, which is just over six miles in total, took us off the main track towards Loughrigg Fell and after a steep ascent we reached the top. There are several different routes to the top of the fell so you shouldn’t be able to go wrong. 

View towards Loughrigg Tarn
Tarn at Loughrigg
Lake District Fells
Top of Loughrigg Tarn

Although it was quite misty at the top, the views looking down were spectacular; you can see several lakes including Elterwater and my favourite – Grasmere. We had dinner overlooking Grasmere Lake and the photos I took don’t show just how beautiful the autumn colours really were.

We dropped down next to Grasmere and the walk takes you back along the shore of Rydal Water, stopping off at Rydal Caves (which we had to skip because it was too busy to go inside!) but are well worth a visit, before returning to the start in Ambleside. 

View over Grasmere Lake
Autumn trees at Grasmere, beautiful colours
Autumn trees at Grasmere
Rydal cave
Autumn street

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