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Fairfield Horseshoe Lake District and Cumbria WALKING - Walks - Fairfield Horseshoe

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It is recommended that you console your map of the area you intend to walk in for the correct route as the walks mentioned are an overview.

A very popular walk with excellent views.

The main difficulty would be the summit of Fairfield can be misleading in mist and cloud.

A fairly steep descent at Nab Scar.

Highest Point: 870m/2863ft

Distance: 16.5km/10.5miles

Time: 6hrs

Starting/Finish Point:
The car park near the
Police Station - AMBLESIDE.

Fairfield Horseshoe Lake District

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AMBLESIDE - Starting point and Finish

From the car park cross over the road turn right for a short distance then ascend the Kirkstone Road for a short distance looking for Nook Lane.

Follow Nook Lane to Nook End Farm which will lead you onto Low Sweden Bridge then gradually rising as you go through the fields.

Keep heading northwards until you arrive at High Brock Crags from here the path follows the stone wall.

At Low Pike there is a small scramble, this can be avoided by going slightly right. From the cairn of Low Pike following the wall you will arrive at High Pike and Dove Crag.
After descending slightly then with a gradually ascent you will reach the stony ridged top of Hart Crag.

There is a steep dip into Link Hause then is followed by a stony ascent, gradually the ascent eases and then paths leads quickly to the plateau of Fairfield where great views can be seen and by exploring the northern and north eastern areas of the plateau.[There are a number of shelter cairns the central cairn being the best place of shelter].

On leaving the plateau of Fairfield ensuring the correct route is selected [correct knowledge of map and compass skills especially in mist and cloud conditions is a must] by heading east slightly then go south to find the plunge down the western side of the horseshoe.

Dip over Calf Cove and then ascend to the cairn top of Great Rigg [Greatrigg Man] heading for Heron Pike enjoying the views as you go with the views of Grasmere, Windermere, Coniston and Ambleside.

A steep descend of Nab Scar has been made easier by recent work on the path with views of Rydal Water can be seen eventually arriving at the road at Rydal Mount.

There is a track that bears off to the left which passes above Rydal Hall and across Rydal Beck which leads through Rydal Park onto the road just outside Ambleside with the car park being on your right after a short distance.


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Disclaimer - Climbing, Fell Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports and other Activities can be extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disability or even loss of life. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own involvement and Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible. Always seek advice and information.


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