Loughrigg Fell and your need to know guide on the Wainwright


Wainwright Number:

Central Lakes

OS Map:
Explorer map OL7

Loughrigg Fell is 335m high or 1099ft tall. 

This Wainwright is located in the Central Fells of the Lake District.

You can head up to Loughrigg Fell from many directions and all are pretty straight forward. However, from Grasmere shore line it is a good clear path the whole way to the top of the Wainwright. So this would be recommended if you're looking for one of the easiest ways up. 

You will need Explorer map OL7.

Loughrigg Fell is one of the few Wainwrights in the Lake District that stands mostly alone. There aren't any close Wainwrights to this Fell in close walking distance. 

At the top of Loughrigg Fell is a relatively large cairn. 

Facts about Loughrigg Fell

So Loughrigg Fell is such a good Wainwright to walk up. It’s got a great location and it’s perfect for all ages wanting to see some great views around the Lake District. But there’s a few bits of information you might not know about the fell so here’s a brief few facts that you might find interesting.

- Loughrigg Fell lies in the Central part of the Lakelands. It is covered in book three of the Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. And in here he describes the surrounding routes and illustrates the hill from different angles too. So you can get yourself familiar with the Fell before you set off.

- With it being centrally located in the Lake District, from the summit of the fell you will be able to several bodies of water too. This is unusual compared to other mountains in the Lakes. But because of where it stands you can look down towards Grasmere, Windermere, Coniston Water, Rydal Water, along with Elterwater too.

- Loughrigg Fell is actually the end ridge of High Raise and this is where the ridge terminates. So when you’re on the fell take a look around and see if you can locate where the ridgeline follows to the heights of High Raise as well.

How high is the Fell?

Loughrigg Fell stands at 335m tall or 1099ft. It isn’t the tallest of the Wainwrights. But it’s size makes it a popular choice to climb from tourists visiting the Lake District. It really is great for all ages, and the main path follows the fell just under halfway up. So even from the path here, you can get great views looking down towards Grasmere.

Check out our walk to Loughrigg and Grasmere right here

Where is Loughrigg Fell located?

As I’ve mentioned the fell is located in the Central Fells in the Lake District. This makes it easily accessible from all areas in the Lakes, wherever you might be staying. And on top of that, there are many routes up the Fell from different start points so again making it easier to start from the North, East, South or West sides of the Wainwright.

How hard is the Wainwright to climb, and what routes can you take?

Loughrigg Fell is a pretty straightforward hill to climb in the Lakelands. It’s easy to get to from all angles and makes it popular among the Wainwrights. One of the most popular walks is from Grasmere, and this takes you on a round route around the Water and up the fell at the same time.

Besides this, you can park at Rydal, Ambleside, Elterwater, among other small villages in the area. From here you can create a round trip or simply head up the fell and back down again on the same path.

How long does it take to climb Loughrigg Fell?

This again depends on where you are parking and which route you are taking up Loughrigg Fell itself. However, to walk up the Fell from the likes of Ambleside will take you a couple of hours, depending on how much you want to stop to take in the surrounding views.

If you go for a round trip from Grasmere or further afield, you could be looking at four hours plus. Again depending entirely on your overall route.

Check out our walk to Loughrigg and Grasmere right here

Are the paths good leading up the Fell?

The paths up Loughrigg Fell itself are really good. They are walked often and so mainly stone paths, and well-trodden grass paths up until halfway up the fell itself. Then it turns into a grassy bank and steepens a little here, but the routes are clear so there shouldn’t be any reason for confusion.

Always take a map and compass with you though, as these can be fundamental should you feel lost at any time on any of the Wainwrights. We’ve been walking for a little while and so confidence can be gained the more that you are on the fells. But this is not a reason to become complacent either. So always think of safety first.

What is at the summit of Loughrigg Fell?

There is a large-sized cairn at the top of Loughrigg Fell and so even in bad weather, you’ll know when you have reached the summit. The whole of the top of the fell is quite extensive with little mounds where to can get different vantage points to the views around.

Views from the top of Loughrigg Fell
Views from the top of Loughrigg Fell

What are the views like from the top of the Wainwright?

From the top of Loughrigg Fell, you can see extensive views across the Lakes. Even though the fell isn’t the tallest, it offers a great vantage point lying central in the fells to the mountains around. On a clear day, you can see the likes of the Langdale Pikes, Fairfield and it’s horseshoe, as well as towards Coniston Old man, Wetherlam and surrounding fells too.

Check out our walk to Loughrigg and Grasmere right here

What OS map do you need to walk up Loughrigg Fell?

The map that you’ll need for walking up Loughrigg Fell is OL7, which is the south eastern map for the Lake District. If you’d rather you can use book three of the Pictorial Guides to the Lake District too, which is written by Alfred Wainwright.

Where are the best places to stay around Loughrigg Fell?

With Loughrigg Fell being central in the Lake District, you really can stay anywhere you like. Some of the top places would be Keswick, Grasmere itself, Ambleside and Coniston. But if you wanted to go a little further afield, then you could do as from anywhere in the Lakes, it’s not the biggest journey to get located close by.

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