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Rydal Fell (Heron Pike North Top)
621m (2038ft)

The Eastern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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Walk c216 Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike from Grasmere

Fabulous views of Grasmere - the descent off Heron Pike is down steep grass

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7ml (11km)
Ascent:2,661ft (811m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c358 Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Heron Pike from Grasmere

Fabulous views - classic Lakeland

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.5ml (15km)
Ascent:3,682ft (1,122m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c247 The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

A classic lakeland horseshoe walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:3,633ft (1,107m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c389 Great Rigg, Fairfield and Hart Crag from Ambleside

A variation on a classic route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.25ml (19.5km)
Ascent:3,984ft (1,214m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c230 The Scandale Beck Horizon from Ambleside

Fabulous high level route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.5ml (20km)
Ascent:3,411ft (1,040m)
Time:8 hrs
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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Rydal Fell (Heron Pike North Top) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Rydal Fell (Heron Pike North Top)

Melfyn Parry walked up Rydal Fell (Heron Pike North Top) on November 21st, 2023 [from/via/route] Followed route C247 - walked out of Ambleside on the A591 & just after Scandale Bridge we crossed the road to follow the lane into the Rydal Hall estate, went passed the cafe & the Hall & then turned right to pass Rydal Mount. Here we veered left to take the stone steps path to the top of Nab Scar, again following a well defined path we were soon on Heron Pike. Continuing along the path with a slight detour to ascend Heron Pike north top. Continuing on to Great Rigg & onwards to Fairfield. We stopped here for lunch & the clouds lifted to give great views over towards Helvellyn & Sunday Crag. After pausing to take some photos we retraced our steps for a few metres before heading left to follow the ridge line to ascend Hart Crag, then Dove Crag & then High Pike. The undulating ridge takes you through some quite boggy areas & on to Low Pike & then down to High Sweden Bridge (a fascinating old bridge). All that was left to do from here was to follow the trail downwards in to Ambleside returning to the village by the Salutation Hotel. [with] DS [weather] Visibility was very good below 800m. By lunchtime the cloud had lifted even more to give clear views of the whole horseshoe. A dry day with sunny intervals, quite cold above 600m but very pleasant below this level. - Doing the walk in a clockwise direction as per C247 is best as the ascent anticlockwise would be much more of a cardio vascular workout.

Christine Shepherd climbed Rydal Fell (Heron Pike North Top) during May, 2007 [from/via/route] Walked from Rydal as part of the Fairfield Horseshoe walk c247 [with] Tony Sailes [weather] Fine & clear at this stage, misty on Fairfield. - I climbed this again on 30.4.11 in the windiest conditions I have ever walked in & again on 26.3.12 & 25.3.18

Shirley Philips has bagged Rydal Fell (Heron Pike North Top) [from/via/route] Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

Kevin Foster hiked Rydal Fell (Heron Pike North Top) on October 21st, 2019 [from/via/route] Ambleside. [with] With Henry. [weather] Sunny with broken high cloud.

Phil Higgins summited Rydal Fell on June 10th, 2018 [from/via/route] Nab Scar (clockwise) [with] Steve Brown [weather] Mixed! - Running Fairfield Horseshoe. 10.49 miles distance. 2:24.

Alan Jolly conquered Rydal Fell on May 10th, 2019 [from/via/route] From Ambleside as part of Fairfield Horseshoe [with] Denis Jolly [weather] Sunny on the way out & sleet & rain on the way back

Simon Myerscough scaled Rydal Fell on October 6th, 2007 [from/via/route] C230 [with] Alan Glasgow & Andy Gill (Shaun's Ambleside weekend) [weather] Sunny & warm - Only one bottle!

Graham Coules walked up Rydal Fell on September 16th, 2017 [from/via/route] Ambleside - Fairfield Horseshoe [weather] Sunny

Tony Deegan climbed Rydal Fell on August 5th, 2017 [from/via/route] Fairfield Horeshoe [with] Si [weather] first half in rain, second half drizzle & sunshine.

Mark Davidson bagged Rydal Fell on December 1st, 2001 [with] The old walking gang [weather] Nice winters' day with snow on the summits

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