Ambleside Circulars – 31 August 2019

How about a quick fact? According to Wikipedia the Lake District National Park gets 16.4 million visitors a year. So our club is just going to add a few more to those numbers in Ambleside on Saturday but it is doubtful that it will make much difference to the crowds going in and out of the shops on the main street.  You have to wonder how they got to that figure of 16.4 million, they surely did not count them. The Lake District is also the most visited of the National Parks and the largest of the 13 parks in England and Wales. It’s also the second-largest in the UK after the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.

After all that we are not actually going to Ambleside, the finish is more at the southern end of Ambleside at a place called Waterhead. And while the title might suggest some or all of the routes will be circulars, in fact, all the routes start on the A591 north of Ambleside. The longest route at 9.5-miles is quite a strenuous one and starts at Dunmail Raise on the A591 and heads up to Seat Sandal and Fairfield, over Heron Pike and down to Rydal. It then does a loop to bypass a section of the main road and comes out on the A591 road at Scandale Bridge. The route finishes by using the main road down to Waterhead.

Both the 9-mile route and the 6-mile route get off at the same place on the A591 opposite the B5287 that leads into Grasmere. Both routes stay east of the A591 on the old coffin route and go past Town End and Dove Cottage using a combination of footpaths, permissive paths and bridleways. At Rydal, the two routes separate with the 9-mile route heading west on the path above Rydal Water past Rydal Caves and along the Loughrigg Terrace before ascending Loughrigg Fell. The route descends south and then east to Brow Head Farm and the minor road. The route then goes south on the east side of the River Rothay and comes into Waterhead past Galava Roman Fort.

When the two routes split the 6-mile route continues south to Scandale Bridge and walks along a short section of the A591 before following a footpath west to pick up the same footpath as the 9-mile route heading south on the east side of the River Rothay.

Do you fancy being just a few more people adding to that huge number of visitors? If you do you can get in touch with us from our Contact Page and you can download the walk descriptions here and the GPX routes here.

The image for this post was taken on our last visit to Ambleside in May 2016. The routes on that occasion started on the Kirkstone Pass with one of the routes heading over Wansfell Pike where this image was taken.

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Walk No. 18 Ambleside Circulars 31 August 2019
Area: Lake District Map: OL 2

6 miles Moderate
Start: A591 Road Grid Ref NY339082
Loop round minor road – Forest Side – Footpath South to Wood Close – Permissive Path and Bridleway to Rydal Hall – Footpath Rydal Park – Scandale Bridge – A591 Road to Grid Ref NY375047 (Stoney Lane) – Footpath South West to River Rothay – Footpath South beside River Rothay to Ambulance Station – South on A593 Road to bend in road – Footpath South beside River Rothay – East past Galava Roman Fort – Waterhead

9 miles Moderate / Hard
Start: A591 Road Grid Ref NY339082
Loop round minor road – Forest Side – Footpath South to Wood Close – Permissive Path and Bridleway to Rydal Mount – West on A591 to Grid Ref NY363061 – Cote How – Permissive Path and Footpath to Quarries (Rydal Caves) – Loughrigg Terrace – Footpath south-east to Loughrigg Fell Trig Point (335 meters) – South to Bridleway – Miller Brow – Rothay Park – Footpath South beside River Rothay to Ambulance Station – South on A593 Road to bend in road – Footpath South beside River Rothay – East past Galava Roman Fort – Waterhead

9.5 miles Strenuous
Start: Dunmail Raise
Raise Beck – Grisedale Hause – Fairfield – Great Rigg – Heron Pike – Rydal Hall – Footpath Rydal Park – Scandale Bridge – A591 Road to Waterhead

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