Rydal Fell - Lake District Walk

Monday 3rd April 2017

We didn't set out to do quite so many summits today, but as we made Great Rigg much sooner than anticipated we decided to extend the walk and continue along the ridge to Nab Scar.

Start: Red Lion Hotel, Grasmere (NY 3363 0757)

Route: Red Lion, Grasmere - Stone Arthur (385) - Great Rigg (386) - Rydal Fell (387) - Heron Pike (388) - Nab Scar (389) - Rydal Mount - Coffin Route - Dove Cottage - Red Lion, Grasmere

Distance: 7.75 miles     Ascent: 839 metres      Time Taken: 6 hrs 40 mins

Terrain: Good clear paths.

Weather: Dry and warm out of the wind

Pub Visited: The Inn, Grasmere    Ale Drunk: Jennings Cumberland

Route Map >>


Stone Arthur

As we leave the hotel Stone Arthur, the first summit of the day, dominates the view.

Silver How

We pause just before we head up Michael's Lane to look back towards Silver How.

Sergeant Man

Sergant Man is also in view.


Now we have cleared the wood Grasmere comes into view.

As we pause to catch our breath after the steep ascent three old planes fly along the valley.

The path is quite clear, follow it to the corner of the wall then head up along the ridge. Relatively easy going after the steep start to the walk.


As we climb more fells come into view, here Wetherlam and Coniston appear beyond Loughrigg.

Crinkle Crags

The Crinkle Crags are also in view.

Easdale Tarn

Continuing up and now we can make out Easdale Tarn.

Stone Arthur

The summit rocks of Stone Arthur look far more dramatic from the valley floor.

Alcock Tarn

Looking down on Alcock Tarn, which we originally intended to visit today.

Stone Arthur's summit

No sign of any cairn marking Stone Arthur's summit today.

Steel Fell

Looking across Steel Fell from Stone Arthur.

Great Rigg

The ridge we followed from Stone Arthur to Great Rigg.

Great Rigg

As we approached Great Rigg the population increased.

Great Rigg's summit cairn

A short rocky ascent soon saw us at Great Rigg's summit.


The path most people were following took them onto Fairfield and round to Hart Crag, not our destination for today.

Seat Sandal

Seat Sandal from Great Rigg.


From Great Rigg we also had a good view of Helvellyn and Striding Edge.

Morecambe Bay

Our route was along the ridge looking out towards Morecambe Bay.

Great Rigg

Looking back towards Great Rigg from the path along the ridge.

Rydal Fell

The two summits of Rydal Fell and Heron Pike come into view.

Rydal Fell's summit

Rydal Fell's summit cairn. It was lucky we visited it as I hadn't got it marked down as a Birkett on my map.

Rydal Fell

Looking back to Rydal Fell's summit.

Heron Pike

Following the path along the ridge towards Heron Pike.

Heron Pike's summit

Heron Pike's summit, which we nearly walked passed.


From Heron Pike it felt like all we did was descend for the next couple of hours. Our knees certainly let us know it was a long time since we had been this high.

Nab Scar

Nab Scar's summit, the second unplanned summit visit of the day.

Loughrigg Cave

From just below the summit we had a really good view of the cave under Loughrigg Fell.


As we descend Nab Scar Ambleside starts to look a little closer.

Coffin Route

We follow the coffin route from Rydal Mount to Grasmere.

Money Tree

I don't get the attraction of putting coins into a tree.

Loughrigg Fell

As we head along the coffin route we get occasional views of Loughrigg Fell.

Dove Cottage

Nearly back at Grasmere and we pass a very quiet Dove Cottage.


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