Walk c247 The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

A classic lakeland horseshoe walk


Route outline for walk c247:

- Ambleside  -   Rydal  -   Nab Scar  -   Heron Pike  -   Heron Pike (North Top)  -   Rydal Fell  -   Great Rigg  -   Fairfield  -   Rydal Head  -   Hart Crag  -   Dove Crag  -   High Pike (Scandale)  -   Low Pike (Scandale)  -   High Sweden Bridge  -   High Sweden Coppice  -   Ambleside.




Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
4
English
Mountains
Wainwright
8
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
6
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
1
Bridget

The highest point of this walk is Fairfield at 873m (2865ft). Fairfield is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (15th highest in England, 35th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 13). Fairfield is also known as an English Nuttall (18th in England, 40th in England & Wales). Fairfield is classified as a Marilyn (7th highest in England, 278th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Hart Crag, 822m (2698ft). Hart Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (33rd highest in England, 63rd highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 27). Hart Crag is also known as an English Nuttall (40th in England, 75th in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Dove Crag, 792m (2599ft). Dove Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (47th highest in England, 86th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 38). Dove Crag is also known as an English Nuttall (56th in England, 104th in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Great Rigg, 766m (2514ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (62nd Eng, 107th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 54) and an English Nuttall (76th Eng, 130th Eng & Wal); High Pike (Scandale) 656m (2153ft) - a Wainwright (No. 109); Heron Pike (North Top) 621m (2038ft) - an English Nuttall (234th Eng, 404th Eng & Wal); Rydal Fell 621m (2038ft) and a Bridget; Heron Pike 612m (2009ft) - a Wainwright (No. 128) and an English Nuttall (249th Eng, 433rd Eng & Wal); Low Pike (Scandale) 508m (1667ft) - a Wainwright (No. 172) and Nab Scar 450m (1477ft) - a Wainwright (No. 190).


For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Maps OL5 & OL7
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 90
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c247 The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

In no particular order . . .

Fairfield and Hart Crag from Dove Crag

Fairfield and Hart Crag from Dove Crag

Photo: Peter Inglis (3)

Katie says a prayer to the weather Gods on Ill Bell

Katie says a prayer to the weather Gods on Ill Bell

Photo: Reasons Togonorth (6)

The famous Waterfalls at Rydal Hall

The famous Waterfalls at Rydal Hall

Photo: Wayne Hill (38)

The southern end of Grasmere

The southern end of Grasmere

Photo: David Wright (266)

Easedale Tarn and High Raise (Langdale) with Bow Fell (Bowfell), Gunson Knott, Crinkle Crags (Long Top) and Crinkle Crags (South Top) beyond from Fairfield

Easedale Tarn and High Raise (Langdale) with Bow Fell (Bowfell), Gunson Knott, Crinkle Crags (Long Top) and Crinkle Crags (South Top) beyond from Fairfield

Photo: Peter Inglis (8)

Rydal Water (left) and Coniston Water (right - far distance) and Heron Pike in mid-distance from Hart Crag

Rydal Water (left) and Coniston Water (right - far distance) and Heron Pike in mid-distance from Hart Crag

Photo: Rob Barklamb (26)

Fairfield summit cairn with Windermere in the distance

Fairfield summit cairn with Windermere in the distance

Photo: Christine Shepherd (113)

Sunset from Heron Pike on the Fairfield Horseshoe

Sunset from Heron Pike on the Fairfield Horseshoe

Photo: Mike Walker (348)

The rocky outcrop on the summit of Heron Pike on The Fairfield Horeshoe

The rocky outcrop on the summit of Heron Pike on The Fairfield Horeshoe

Photo: Mike Walker (347)

Rocky outcrop marking the summit of Low Pike (Scandale) with High Pike (Scandale) (above left) in the background

Rocky outcrop marking the summit of Low Pike (Scandale) with High Pike (Scandale) (above left) in the background

Photo: Mike Walker (317)


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