Sunday, 12 April 2015

A Walk from Ambleside 2015

Walk Leader: Stuart Smith
Total Distance: 9+ miles
Total ascent/descent:

The walk is based to the north and west of Ambleside and offers stunning views of Lake Windermere, Rydal water, Coniston. Grassmere and the surrounding hills. This is an area that seems to be underused some of the path's although on the map don't exist in reality and there are not as many walkers as would be expected for such a beautiful area. The major problem is it is difficult to find a challenging A walk, the walks are either too difficult or a little too easy. This walk is relatively challenging because the ground is undulating and therefore it is quite a tiring walk. The route heads out from the car park towards Clappergate and then heads due north up into the hills and along a wooded section which is particularly beautiful it then meanders towards Ivy Crag, Longridge fell reaching a height of 335 m, we then had down towards Rydal water with excellent views of Grassmere the route then heads east with excellent views of Rydal water and Grassmere, we then pass a wonderful church in the Rydal Mount where Wordsworth used to worship. If there is time we can see Wordsworth's house. The route cuts through some beautiful countryside back towards Ambleside. If there is time at the end of the walk there is a Roman fort which can be explored. The distance is just over 9 miles (with the visit to Wordsworth's house and the maximum height is 335 metres.

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