Loughrigg

Early snow made this walk even more picturesque than normal. Ascent was from Loughrigg terrace path to the summit (a preferable route in the icy conditions), and from there on among the many meandering tracks of the summit ‘plateau’ (classic ‘knock and lochan’ terrain) to Ivy and Todd Crags, descent being from the latter. Great views firstly towards Grasmere, then of the Little and Great Langdale fells, down to Loughrigg Tarn and Elterwater, east to the Fairfield ‘Horseshoe’, and, finally, over to Wansfell Pike above Ambleside and right along the spreadeagled length of Windermere. A fell of modest proportions, but one that never disappoints because it has all the character of much higher ones, and its location as a ‘viewing platform’ for neighbouring fells is unrivalled. The walk was made even more enjoyable thanks to the excellent company of Jim Mercer.
(Highest point (Loughrigg): 1099 ft./335 m. Distance: 6.2 miles/ 9.97 km. Ascent:1703 ft./ 519 m.)

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