On a hot and sultry day, about three weeks ago, we set off on one of our favourite Lakeland low-level walks – the circuit of Loughrigg Fell from Rydal, this time incorporating Lily Tarn.
First along the back lane towards Ambleside, where Thomas De Quincey lived for a while at Fox Ghyll. Always interesting to think of the opium eater wandering this way at all hours of the day and night.
We took the bridleway up past Brow Head Farm and then the footpath to Lily Tarn, a hot and quite steep ascent. But the weather and the views were glorious, with a particularly fine vista of the Fairfield Horseshoe.
I like Lily Tarn, it has a most wonderful tranquil feel. A good place to rest. From nearby there are some splendid views over Windermere, and as you continue, Wetherlam and the Langdale Pikes.
Huge patches of Loughrigg were covered with foxgloves, giving a purplish hue to the bracken and heather.
We wandered over to the main bridleway leading to Loughrigg Tarn.
It was on this very easy path that I fell backwards on to the grass. Not a real fall at all. Landed nicely on my back, with the rucksack taking most of the pressure. But as I went over, somehow, the handle of my trekking pole hit the left side of my chest.
Not even hard.
But I knew from the pain that somehow I’d cracked a rib. Felt it all the way through the rest of the ramble, and for much of the three weeks since. It’s just about healed apart from the odd twinge.
Nothing daunted we followed the bridleway down to Loughrigg Tarn. Lots of tents in the field nearby and we had a very pleasant rest down by its shores.
The heat increased as we walked up the lane and through Deer Bolt Wood to a rather busy Loughrigg Terrace. Such good views over Grasmere and up to Dunmail Raise and so many familiar and friendly fells.
Then along the shores of Rydal and back to the church.
Despite the tumble a grand day out in the Lake District.