Loughrigg Fell, Wainwright 14!
We decided to brave the weather and head off to Loughrigg Fell, we knew it was going to be wet but with a distance of only 1.6 miles we felt confident that we could manage! I have to say it was an incredibly fun walk, I think the weather helped entertain the children – we saw so many waterfalls coming down from the top of the fell!
There are many routes that you can take to reach the summit of Loughrigg Fell. Today, with the weather being so terrible, we decided to complete the shortest & quickest route possible. We parked our car on Red Bank Road, the road between Grasmere and Skelwith Bridge. The lay-by can be found at the fork in the road before reaching YHA Langdale (LA22 9HJ), if you reach the Youth Hostel you have gone slightly too far. There is room for three cars on the road side here, possibly four. I imagine you would struggle to get a space in the summer months when things begin to get busier. However today, in the pouring rain, we had the lay-by to ourselves! Photo 1 shows the gate that you are looking out for. Go through this gate and here starts your walk. Please note many people do begin the walk at Grasmere, where plenty of parking is available, however the weather was particularly bad on this occasion so we reduced the miles we had to walk!
From this lay-by you begin by walking through a wooded area before quickly approaching some steep steps on your right hand side, see photo 4. Take these steps up towards the summit, the route can be steep in parts but our three year old managed with ease. Please see the Strava map at the bottom of this page for the full route.