Hiking in lake district, from Rydal to the top of Loughrigg Fell

I spent a wonderful weekend in the Lake District and we were blessed with good weather, how lucky ! It was the second UK national park I’ve visited this year, after our little exploration of Peak District and its famous Devil’s arse last February.

We decided to book an accommodation through airbnb in Broughton-in-Furness, located in the South-West part of the Lake District. It was awesome and the lady who housed us was lovely ! Broughton was once an important market town, particularly for the woolen and cattle trades. In the villages nearby, you can still see numerous farms and plenty of sheep grazing on early spring grass.

The first day, we started our exploration of the region by a wonderful hike starting at Rydal and bringing us on top of Loughrigg Fell.

This popular hike starts at the car park over the stone bridge, just off A591 road, immediately before Rydal (approaching from Ambleside). The car park is quite small and can get really busy when the weather is sunny, so better to start early if you want a parking spot :-) The vegetation at the beginning of the hike was lovely, especially the moss ! How peculiar !

When we saw the Rydal Water lake in the distance, we had a quick look at the lake before taking the higher path until it became a rough track with loose rocks and slate pieces. Nearby, there was an old slate mine where we could stop and visit a bit. We saw something really strange near the entrance: plenty of coins hammered into dead trees and tree stumps. After some research on google, I’ve discovered that this is a cultural phenomenon spreading across the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales these days, also known as “money trees”. It’s the same principle as the wishing wells where people use their pennies to make a wish. Is it a waste of money ? I don’t know, but I suppose it’s less damaging than throwing coins into a river….

We continued our walk, always choosing the higher path when facing a fork until we reached a great viewpoint over the lake. Daffodils were everywhere, and it was so nice to be able to take pictures of them :-)

At the end of the viewpoint (just before reaching the trees), that was where the fun began ! We had to climb up the hill, taking bravely every uneven steps in order to reach the summit. I could have photoshoped my redness, but no… I’m honest with you… As you can see, I’m not that fit :D

While climbing, be aware of the false summits ! I got tricked so many times. I thought that was the end so many times ! But no, it kept going and going and it was only after a while that the trig point appeared…. eventually :-)

We continued over the rocky summit, following the cairns towards Ambleside. I think we lost the main track as we ended up going down a pretty steep slope down to the road (poor knees ! Walking sticks would have been welcomed). We followed the road for a while before taking a break under a beautiful tree. The moss felt so comfy for my aching body :-)

We didn’t follow the main trail to Rydal, instead, we decided to make a little detour to Ambleside to have some Fish and chips :-)

It was with a full belly that we followed the main road towards Rydal car park, from the center of Ambleside ! I got distracted again by some lovely vegetation…

It was a bit challenging for me, but I didn’t regret the sweat and the effort, the hike was worth it ! :-)

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82 responses to “Hiking in lake district, from Rydal to the top of Loughrigg Fell

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  2. This may be one of my favorite posts you’ve done!! What a fun adventure! I felt like I joined you guys! Miss, daffodils, money trees, hiking… Sounds like absolute fun!
    (And you two are seriously adorable!!)

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  6. What a fabulous adventure you were on! Some astounding views from high up. thanks for making the effort to get them for us. So wonderful to see the vibrant yellow of the daffodils.

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  7. You gotta have fish and chips! That’s fuel for any walker :) Looks amazing there – I love the Lake District, I think we passed through Broughton one time, but I wish we’d stopped there now. Although the tough walk looks a little daunting up to the summit. Beautiful pics and you don’t look red at all!

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  8. Wow, what a great hike, and such beautiful photos of the area and its vegetarian. I would imagine the fish and chips were well received after all that hiking.
    I’ve never seen or heard of money trees, but I’ll certainly look out for them now. I just wonder if you need a hammer to get the coins to stay in place? Perhaps people use rocks to force the coins in to the tree bark?

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  9. Lovely photos! Glad you enjoyed the Lake District! Loughrigg is definitely on my list for this summer. The hikes are tough, it seems like you never stop walking upward, but the views are phenomenal! Nice photos!

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  10. It really looks wonderful there. Fine, that you reached the top of the summit. The views are always worth it. And it must have been really warm, because you both are dressed in T-shirts. What a fun day! :)

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    • Hmmm….. way too long ;-) We started maybe around 11 and we were eating the fish and chips close to 3 pm. We stopped to take pictures and to have a little rest… does that count ? :D

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  11. Wishing wells are probably more useful than coins hammered into trees because somebody collects the money and puts it to good use. At least the sort of wishing wells intended for that purpose that one finds at tourist sites sometimes.

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  12. This looks like a great hike! Love the views of the lake, with the flowers and the rolling hills. It is always worth the sweat when you get to the summit! It is a great idea to use hiking poles. I didn’t use to, but after I purchased them last summer I never hike without them. Helps the knees a lot! And the poles are affordable:)

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  13. Daffodils in the Lake District – perfection!! Sounds like a great walk and I think the false summit thing might work for me – keep me going when the going gets tough. Sounds like a great walk and the views are just gorgeous -will be keeping a note of this one!

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  14. An absolutely gorgeous place with breathtaking scenery. These are what dreams are made of. And the next time someone says, “Do you think money grows on trees?” you can point them to the money trees with a smirk on your face! :-)

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    • They are everywhere around lake district apparently, but it was the first time I was seeing something like that ! Quite fascinating :D Aira force looks like a pretty little waterfall :-)

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  15. I would love, love, love to do the Lake District one day. Ever since I read that Beatrix Potter lived there and got the inspiration for her stories and paintings/drawings I’ve wanted to visit the place. This looks like a great walk, but perhaps one that my dodgy knee may find challenging. Beautiful photos! :-)

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    • We drove through Hawkshead and saw some signs to visit Beatrix Potter’s gallery. We didn’t stop, but if you are fascinated by her, I’m sure it’s worth stopping by :-) There is an alternative to the steep climb, you can go around it and it’s quite flat :-) In any case, there are so many hiking options that I’m sure you could find something that suits your fitness level :-)

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    • It’s really a beautiful place indeed. I don’t know the UK very well yet, but I’m sure I will enjoy the place, there is a lot to see and do ! (I’m moving there in June). I quite like this spring, the temperatures are lovely, it’s not too hot. That’s what I loved about Michigan when I was there, the temperatures were perfect for me ! Like my little Belgium ;-) Nothing to compare to the utah and nevada ;-)

      I hope you are enjoying your weekend !

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