Fairfield Horseshoe

Fairfield Horseshoe

Eastern Lake District

Route: Fairfield Horseshoe

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd June 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 12.1 miles

Ascent: 3,500 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies

I parked in the public car park on the outskirts of Ambleside and after walking along the road for a short distance entered the sylvan grounds of Rydal Park, a wonderful place and worth a visit in its own right

After passing through Rydal Hall the collar work began – the ascent of the first fell on the round – Nab Scar (1,450 feet). For anyone looking to bag a few Wainwrights this walk is a good choice, as the are no less than 8 on offer. After Nab Scar there then followed, in order of appearance, Heron Pike (2,003 feet), Great Rigg (2,513 feet), Fairfield (2,863 feet), Hart Crag (2,698 feet), Dove Crag (2,603 feet), High Pike (2,155 feet) and Low Pike (1,657 feet)

Although it’s quite a long walk, the going is easy throughout. There are a few rocky sections but none of them difficult. Navigation is easy too, as long as the weather is clear. In mist, the summit of Fairfield is a bad trap and care needs to be taken lest you end up in Patterdale as we did once, many years ago – but that’s another story

This is a classic round and it didn’t disappoint today – it was a wonderful walk

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