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Lily Tarn, Loughrigg, Ambleside.

August 15, 2011

If you ask anyone who lives in Ambleside where their favourite quick walk is, you find it is usually split in to two groups. Either Loughrigg or Wansfell. Both have their merits being easily reached from the centre of town. I usually tend towards Wansfell and as it was a while since I had been up Loughrigg from Ambleside, usually accessing it from the Red Bank Grasmere side, I decided to go for an evening walk up to Lily Tarn.

Lily Tarn, Loughrigg, Ambleside.

After several days of very rainy weather (and more to come as it happened) it was lovely to have a dry day off work. It was late afternoon when I set off through Rothay Park and up Loughrigg. I actually had a reason for going but more of that later.

Looking over Ambleside from Loughrigg

The village soon appears below you as you climb higher with great views towards Wansfell. The spire of St Mary’s Church dominating the foreground.

Fairfield Horseshoe from Loughrigg

To the left Fairfield Horseshoe, and reaching Todd Crag at the top of Loughrigg, Lake Windermere stretches before you.

Windermere from Loughrigg

Waterhead Bay where the steamers sail down the lake (or mere to be correct) can be seen clearly. The Ambleside YHA building on the shore must be one of the most idyllic settings for a YHA there could be.

Waterhead from Loughrigg Fell

Anyway, now we reach the reason for my climb up Loughrigg. National Trust have been doing excavations at Galava Roman Fort with volunteers and I thought I might be able to zoom in and see what they were up to from above.

Galava Fort Ambleside

Situated in Borrans Field, the fort dates back to AD79. I will take a look at ground level soon and report back, but for now it was onwards and upwards.

Loughrigg Ambleside

Once you get to the top of Loughrigg it is a bit like a rabbit warren of routes, but I was heading in the direction of Lily Tarn as the lilies are in flower from late June to early September.

Lily Tarn, Loughrigg

Peaceful and beautiful, no one around in the height of the school holidays. You don’t have to go far even in the centre of the Lake District to find solitude. Below, Ambleside was heaving, but up here, a world apart.

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  1. Patricia Oliver permalink

    Loved this blogpost ! Always feel nostalgia for the Lake District,where I spent a lot of time whilst growing up.
    In recent years found that late husband has a Wordsworth connection in his tree, tho’ not direct line .

  2. Confidence-Photo permalink

    This looks like scottish landscape : You are presenting very nice photos !

    • Having now looked at your blog that is a great compliment. Thank you. The English Lake District is quite often called “Scotland in minature”.

  3. Lovely pictures! I’ve been on holiday to the Lake District several times and I always enjoy it. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Lily Tarn though, so it’s something to remember for future years.

    • Oh good, it’s a fairly gentle walk with great views for very little effort. Hope you get a chance to try it in the future.

  4. Wow! Some lovely photos there showing off this great location.

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