Lunch at Loughrigg summit

Duration:Full Day
Activity:Best Views

Loughrigg is set in the heart of the Lakes and is an opportunity to see fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding fells without having to undertake a serious mountain walk. These views are enjoyed each year by thousands of people of all walking abilities. There are many routes up to the summit, however for me the best for views is from Loughrigg Terrace. On average it takes about an hour to reach the top. The path is easy to follow, there are a number of steep sections, these are broken up by flatter areas to give you a breather. The path surface varies between stone pitching and rough ground, so I suggest wearing walking boots or sturdy footwear. From the summit, on a clear day, you’ll get an unbeatable 360 degree view of the central Lakes.

From Grasmere follow Red Bank road out of the village; this is signed with a big blue sign close to the National Trust Information Centre. Follow the road for about 2 km. Just before the road becomes very steep take left turn into NT Deerbolts Wood; take the higher path up through the wood. At the top of the wood turn left through the wooden double gate and then immediately through the steel gate onto Loughrigg Terrace path. Just after you cross over a small slate bridge take the steep path ascending the side of the fell. This path will lead you up to the summit of Loughrigg – there are great picnic spots with amazing views North all the way up this path. You will know when you have reached the summit because of the fantastic 360 degree view and the square stone trig. point. The summit can also be reached from White Moss on the main road between Rydal and Grasmere village and from Ambleside or from Elterwater with the help of an Ordnance Survey map.

Further Information

Planning your visit:

In Grasmere there a number of restaurants, cafe’s, pubs and shops. You will also find pay and display car parking and public toilets.

In Elterwater there is a pub and public toilets. Further toilets can be found at Whitemoss pay and display car park.

In Chapel Stile there are pubs and cafe above the shop.


The path is easy to follow all the way, but there are steep sections, these are broken up by flatter areas to give you a breather. The path surface varies between stone pitching and rough uneven ground so I suggest walking boots or similar sturdy footwear. The route is not appropriate for buggies or wheelchairs.

By Pete Entwistle

Ranger Supervisor - responsible for supervising upland path repairs and maintenance for the National Trust in the Central and Eastern Fells. My interest in the outdoors and walking in the Lakes goes back to spending every weekend as a child walking with my parents up one mountain or another, by the time I was 10 I'd probably been up every mountain in the Lakes. I've also have a keen interest in the environment and spend many hours photographing wildlife.

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How to get here

Loughrigg Summit, Ambleside

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL7
The English Lakes
South Eastern area

NY 346 051

Get Directions

By Bus: Stagecoach 599 and 555 offer direct services to the start of this route in Grasmere from Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Return on foot to Grasmere, Rydal or Ambleside and pick up the 599 or 555 home.

Telephone: 0871 200 22 33