19th March 2013 Loughrigg Walk

Anyone who has visited Ambleside will surely be aware of Loughrigg It isn’t a mountain but at 335 m it still gives good views all around…….at least it does on a clear day!

No matter what time of year you visit you will always see somebody walking along one of the many footpaths around The Terrace overlooking Rydal water. We have walked it many times in all sorts of weather but it never fails to impress us and makes us feel as if we belong here. Some of the views and scenery is stunning.

We did not walk to the summit but instead walked all around it beginning at Rothay Park, crossing the Miller bridge turn right and then immediately left after the cattle grid.
The road is steep for a bit before going over a stile and then you are on Loughrigg Fell where you can roam the many paths. It was here during one sunny days walk that as one of the RAF jets was flying over I began waving frantically at it and to my amazement the pilot tipped his wing to say hello. I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat and have found out since that it is something that they do quite often to walkers on the peaks!

We walked around the edge of it and stopped for a cuppa under Ivy Crag before continuing to Loughrigg Tarn where we ate our packed lunch.

Quite a few walkers were out and the weather was kind to us. We said hello to a few people before carrying on to the point where Grasmere meets Rydal water via a weir and a bridge can be crossed to get to the car park at White Moss.

It is at this point that most people begin the ascent up to Loughrigg via the steps which is a good thigh burner.

We carried on along the terrace with Rydal water on our left until we got to Pelter bridge and then turned right following the minor road back to the Miller bridge and Rothay Park. All in all it was a good walk of 6 miles with good company, good conversation and good weather!

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About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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