Loughrigg Tarn Walk
A gentle circular stroll for any time of day.
Clothing: Light waterproof/windproof jacket – depending upon weather conditions, suitable boots or good training shoes.
Conditions to be expected underfoot: tarmac, unmade tracks, loose stone, occasional damp or muddy parts, grass.
Refreshment stop: On the way back: ‘Chesters by the River’ or ‘The Talbot’ at Skelwith Bridge.
Fitness Level: Basic
Distance: 4 miles
Time: one and a half hours to three hours
For printed directions, please ask at Skelwith Fold Reception. These are available for a suggested £1.50 donation which goes to supporting The Great North Air Ambulance.
- On leaving Skelwith Fold Caravan Park Shop and Reception Area turn left. Follow the red road to the barrier, through the gate and on to the junction (by the Post Box).
- Turn right down the hill through Skelwith Fold. Ignore the turning to the right.
- At ‘Spy Hill’ pause to admire the magnificent views up the Langdale Valley crowned by the majestic Langdale Pikes.
- Continue down the hill to the junction and turn right.
- Follow along the narrow lane to the corner at the bottom of the hill turning to the right at the Skelwith Community Centre. Continue along the lane to the main road.
- Walk onto the bridge and pause in the refuge at the centre to admire the river.
- Cross over to the other refuge then continue past the Skelwith Bridge Hotel to the junction and turn left.
- Cross the road in 50 yards to a kissing gate and finger post to Loughrigg Tarn 1 mile with a path leading up the field to a second gate leading to a wooded walk. Continue along the uneven track up to a third gate and enter Neaum Crag Holiday Park. Follow the footpath signs uphill (a bit of huff and puff here!) to a car park area. Continue through the car park along a woodland path to a gate.
- Having passed through the gate a short detour can be made by turning left up a track to the top of Neaum Crag affording panoramic views of Elterwater, Chapel Stile and the beautiful Langdale Valley. (There is also a quiet little tarn with ideal places for a picnic or a few moments rest.)
- Rejoin the path having admired the splendour of Loughrigg Fell with its Tarn nestling below. Continue down to join the road and turn left continuing along it until reaching a gate and wooden stile on the right.
- Cross the stile and follow the path down to a ladder stile and continue to follow the path keeping to the left* to climb up to the wooden gate leading to a stone track (cyclists also use this track). Turn right. (*If you continue along the lower path, past the shrine to a schoolboy who drowned in the tarn and cross the field to the stile to join the stone track a little further on.
- Follow the track while enjoying the wild life activity on Loughrigg Tarn to the right.
- Having passed the campsite on the right there is a gate by the Lodge. Pass through the gate and follow the track to the right past the cottages. Continue along the track to the lane and turn right then first left.
- The lane descends past the entrance to Neaum Crag Lodge Park then steeply to Skelwith Bridge where you can enjoy your well-earned refreshment!
- Return from here via the original route taken at the start of the walk.
Rambling and hill walking can be strenuous and it is up to you to approach it with caution and if you are inexperienced, to do so under appropriate supervision. You should also carry appropriate clothing, equipment and maps and wear suitable footwear. Details given were believed to be right at the time of going to press but neither the author nor Skelwith Fold Caravan Park can accept responsibility for inaccuracies or mishaps. Please keep to public rights of way and observe the Countryside Code.
You can click on the link below to load our walking map for this route. Please note that this is a rough guide only and should not be considered a replacement for an OS Map.Open Map
How to find Loughrigg Tarn Walk
Opening times: Always open
Distance from park
164 ftles (approx. 1 min)