December Windermere Guest House Walk: Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge Walk

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This Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge walk is a pleasant and perfect introduction to walking in the Lake District. The walk is only a short distance away from our Windermere Guest House and so is easily accessible whether you drive to the starting location yourself or wish to use public transport. If you do choose to take public transport though just make sure you know the times and if you need any advice just ask before you leave as we will be able to provide public transport information at our Windermere Guest House.

The walk is popular and is suitable for people of all ages whether you’re thinking of bringing the whole family or popping along by yourself you’re sure to have a great time. The route has all the features you would expect from a standard Lakeland walk with some basic climbing and clambering over a fell as well as a visit to one of the wondrous tarns. The initial climb out of Ambleside to Loughrigg Fell is the toughest part of the walk so it’s always best to begin this walk in Ambleside to get the blood pumping and allow you to relax on the remaining part of the walk which is a pleasant experience at an elevation with stunning views. Loughrigg Tarn is particularly special as it is in a lovely setting and when the walk is completed you can celebrate with a drink of your choice in Skelwith Bridge. You can always walk back too as the walk isn’t incredibly strenuous, depending on your own comfort.

Once you are in Ambleside make your way to Rothay Park and cross the river via a footbridge. This will lead you along a road for a few yards before cutting off on a lane towards Brow Head Farm and then to Miller Brow. It’s a good climb so do be prepared and then continue on skirting Deer Hows wood onto Loughrigg Fell. The fell affords some lovely views back to Ambleside, incorporating the tip of Windermere lake. There are plenty of paths criss-crossing and leading in all directions all over this popular walking area meaning you could continue to explore it for a long, long time and there is also something rather comforting knowing that it is a well trodden area.

However, on with the route and we continue heading west and off the fell after passing Ivy Crag. Once off the fell, follow a path enclosed by walls on either side to a gate from where you cross north over two fields. You’ll know you’re on the right path when you come to Loughrigg Tarn.  Take a moment to take it all in, the sights and surroundings of the tarn are truly fantastic. It’s a great place to stop and pull out the flask, enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat before ploughing onwards. You can always pack a lunch from our Windermere Guest House before you set off to save you buying one on your way.

Tracking south towards the end of the walk you come to Crag Head and Little Loughrigg before descending into Skelwith Bridge where you can enjoy a drink before deciding what to do next. One option is to head north following the River Brathay no more than a mile to Elter Water from which it drains. It would actually be a shame not to visit the river’s source saying as your so close and Elter Water does have it’s own great views. Once done it’s time to head back to your Windermere Guest House.