An absolute classic high fell outing and one of the great mountain walks of the Lake district. Topped by Fairfield, high above the hamlet of Rydal, a rising horseshoe of fells makes a semi circle around the hanging valley of Rydal. The eastern leg of the horseshoe rises from Ambleside and the western leg falls in a long shoulder above Grasmere down to Rydal. The going is straightforward though subject to all the challenges of a high mountain outing.
TIME: 7 hours.
DIFFICULTY: A difficult and long mountain route with sustained ascent (875m) and descent.
START & FINISH: Ambleside’s Rydal Road main car park (376047).
MAPS: OS L90 & both OL5 &OL7.
HOSTELRIES: Plentiful in Ambleside.