The Loughrigg Fell Circuit, Lily Tarn and a Very Slight Tumble

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.

The Fairfield Horseshoe from Loughrigg (c) John Bainbridge

The Fairfield Horseshoe from Loughrigg (c) John Bainbridge

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.

On Loughrigg - Windermere in the distance. (c) John Bainbridge 2015

On Loughrigg – Windermere in the distance. (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Lily Tarn (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Lily Tarn (c) John Bainbridge 2015

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.

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2 thoughts on “The Loughrigg Fell Circuit, Lily Tarn and a Very Slight Tumble

  1. My least favourite break is a broken rib! You know you have to breathe every second or so and that it’s going to bloody hurt! 😦 Hope you’re feeling much better.

    That photo of Lily Tarn is a blinder!
    Carol.

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  2. Thank you, Carol, I am, though I still get a twinge if I cough or sneeze. What gets me is that it could happen with what felt like just a light brush from a trekking pole handle. Lily Tarn’s a delight and with some grand views all around, John B.

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