Loughrigg Fell

Loughrigg Fell

Central Lake District

Route: Loughrigg Fell

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 11th May 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.3 miles

Ascent: 1,200 feet

Weather: warm, but insipid sky and poor light most of the time

Today was the day that the A591 re-opened, having been closed since December 2015 when Storm Desmond caused a landslip near Dunmail Raise. The closure of the road in effect divided the Lake District into two halves, making it impossible to travel from north to south and vice versa without a long diversion

After driving along the excellent new road I parked at Pelter Bridge near Rydal and followed the path to Loughrigg Terrace – a classic vantage point – and from there I followed the path up to the summit of the fell. The normally superb views from both the terrace and the summit were a disappointment thanks to the dull flat light

The summit area of Loughrigg Fell is quite a complicated place, with lots of overlapping paths and minor tops making it easy to take a wrong turn, and concentration was needed to keep on the right course even though I’ve been up here several times before

Eventually I made it back down the the bank of the River Rothay and from there it was a short stroll back to Pelter Bridge. It was good to be able to revisit this lovely area after an enforced five month absence

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