Grasmere Hiking Weekend

Fantastic blue skies, a dusting of snow and a great weekend of hiking

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Our Grasmere Hiking Weekend was blessed with some near perfect Lake District weather on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  Based at Thorney Howe hostel on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Grasmere and ideally located for a variety of walking options our Grasmere hiking weekend was a hugely enjoyable break.

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Grasmere Hiking Weekend – Saturday

We started out in Glorious sunshine as we headed through the picturesque village of Grasmere and then out and around the Grasmere Lakeshore.

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After we arrived at Rydal we then headed up quite steeply towards Heron crag with superb views back to Windermere in the morning sunshine.

Heron Crag Hike










As we approached the summit of Heron Crag we were met with groups of Paragliders jumping off into the abyss.

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Then headed along the ridge to the summit of Great Rigg.

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Where we found snow, much to the delight of Marzena and Lorna.

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We headed down over Stone Arthur in time for tea and cake at the hostel, then showers a quick rest before dinner.

Grasmere Hiking Weekend – Sunday

We woke on the second day of our Grasmere Hiking Weekend to the sight of overnight snow covering the hills and mist followed by clear blue skies.

Grasmere Hiking Weekend Sunday

It was a spectacular morning as we headed out from the hostel on our hike for the day.  We were headed for Loughrigg Fell and then a traverse around to Loughrigg Tarn. A shorter hike than Saturday, but very scenic.

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Our first stop was the viewpoint at White Moss, overlooking Rydal Water and then on to Loughrigg Terrace.

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Some great views back over Grasmere and the snow covered hills behind, as we as we then headed up the steep footpath to the summit of Loughrigg Fell.

Grasmere Hiking Weekend Loughrigg

Loughrigg isn’t a high fell as it only comes in at about 1000ft or 330m, but it is in such a wonderful location between Grasmere and Ambleside, that its a very popular fell to walk.  It is also surrounded by high fells, so from the summit and the path up, you get great views of the Helvellyn range and Fairfield in one direction and then in the opposite direction you can see the Langdale pikes, Bowfell and the Coniston fells.  You get some of the best views of Grasmere and Windermere lakes as an added bonus.  So for a small hill it packs a lot in.

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So we had to have a group shot of the summit to celebrate the spectacular view.

Grasmere Hiking Weekend Loughrigg summit group

We carefully made our way off the summit then hiked towards Ambleside getting great views down the length of Windermere, before turning right on the Bridleway to Loughrigg Tarn.

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Our final stop of the weekend was the wonderful view across Loughrigg Tarn to the Langdale Pikes.

Loughrigg Tarn

A perfect spot for lunch, before heading back to the hostel for pick ups back to the station, or cars home.

Loughrigg Tarn picnic




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