Loughrigg Fell from Skelwith Bridge, via Elterwater Village


the summit of Loughrigg Fell
from the Cumbrian Way near Elterwater village


Walk Overview:

Your small effort climbing Loughrigg Fell, is rewarding not only for a sense of achievement and the experience, but for the wonderful views of the surrounding fells; the panorama sweeps from the Coniston Fells, across the Crikles and Bowfell, in front are The Langdales, then High Raise, Steel Fell and Seat Sandal to Fairfield and its horseshoe grasping Rydal and Ambleside. Loughrigg is a wonderful viewpoint, on each side of the fell are valleys with Rivers Rothay and Brathay, both feed Lake Windermere whilst lakes and tarns abundant, like tiny jewels glittering across this beautiful landscape.

Our circular walk is varied and interesting, starting at Skelwith Bridge, close by, the exciting and powerful Skelwith Force waterfall, we follow the Brathay to Elterwater village along the Cumbrian Way. It’s an easy riverside walk rewarded with magnificent views of The Langdale Pikes, in particular Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark, whilst our summit for the day (Loughrigg Fell) rests quietly on our right shoulder anticipating our visit later.

After strolling through Elterwater, we cross Elterwater Common, passing the YHA on a heading for Loughrigg Terrace where we get our first glimpse of Grasmere (lake).

Our final ascent starts here, regular rests on the climb afford wonderful views, north to Dunmail Raise, the familiar dip between Steel Fell and Seat Sandal, Grasmere village nestles quietly in the valley bottom and Helm Crag looks tiny against a backdrop of higher neighbouring fells, it is an enticing scene. The climb takes us directly to the summit topped by the stone pillar (trig).

Among the summit rocks I sit in silence, my mind is not wandering aimlessly, I am concentrating, I recall the name of every summit I see, every familiar fell, every valley as I reconstruct a model of this sweeping landscape in my mind, a model I have constructed over the years. In this moment, I reaffirm the familiar, I remember forgotten places, I recall memories of a past. It’s a silent private process transporting me to those special places lodged in my memory, those places ultimately define me. It’s a self-indulgent moment that I enjoy, that I repeat on every summit I visit these days, I’m certain others do something similar. Does this sentimental longing give a different meaning to the landscape, does it mean there is more than just topographical form? Is it now about personal experience, of just being there? Is it about the encounter away from the everyday? It seems to be about now, it’s about me, it’s about you, alone with our own thoughts, living in the moment, living the dream.

The top of Loughrigg Fell is a collection of bracken covered lumps and rocky outcrops connected by many paths, some of the highest spots are marked by cairns and worth visiting, they afford excellent viewpoints of the valley below.




Fly-by Video:

Watch the Fly-by video of the walk



Walk Details:
Start: Skelwith Bridge, NY344035
Distance 9km (5.5 miles)
Ascent: 330m
Grade: Moderate
NB: grading is based upon normal conditions and can be subjective
Countryside Code for the public:
be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
leave gates and property as you find them
protect plants and animals
take your litter home
keep dogs under close control
consider other people
A donation or map purchase will help support the 'Owens Walks' project

All on-line donations to 'Owens Walks' are handled by PayPal.


NB: All of your donation will be used to support the 'Owens Walks' project.

Thank you for your support


Recommended map is OS Explorer map sheet OL7.

Paper Map
All Weather Map
Route Description & Basic Map



To download a PDF of the Route Description or a Basic Map: Click the button



KMZ Download for Google Earth - View the route in Google Earth

Try this exciting concept and view the walk in Google Earth!

We have created mapping data for the walk so you can view the route in Google Earth

Please note: the KMZ file is the property of ©2017 Owens Walks. You may download it for your own personal use. Do not post or share the data with any other system or person. Thankyou




To Download the KMZ pack:

Click the KMZ Download button and save the .kmz file

Load Google Earth, go to File>Open

Now browse for the downloaded file and open it

Enjoy!