Best river trails in Ambleside, Cumbria

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Explore the most popular river trails near Ambleside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of river trails in Ambleside, Cumbria
Top trails (19)
#1 - Loughrigg Fell Circular
Moss Rigg Wood
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
Enjoy this 12km trail around Loughrigg Fell, it's amazing park and nature all around. There are many activities and amazing views, a great place to disconnect and enjoy with friends and family. The route is suitable for dogs in some parts and there are great views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. The climb to the peak is not too hard and well worth the effort.Show more
#2 - Rydal Water Circular
Moss Rigg Wood
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
A circular walk from the village of Rydal in the Lake District, Cumbria. The walking route performs a loop around Rydal Water, a small lake covering an area of a third of a square kilometre. Rydal Water may be one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, however what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in sheer beauty as it sits glistening at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. This area inspired much of Wordsworth's poetry and you will pass his former home. The lake is supplied and drained by the River Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards Windermere downstream. You will enjoy beautiful woodlands, lakeside views and follow a stretch of the old coffin road plus Loughrigg Terrace, one of the most beautiful half-miles in lakeland. The walk includes a few climbs and descents throughout, with a couple of steep sections but nothing too long. The total ascent is only around 150 metres. If follows stretches of well-made stone paths and tracks for the most part. You will need to negotiate several gates and footbridges but there are no stiles. You will come across grazing sheep and there are two road crossings that need care.Show more
#3 - Elter Water and Loughrigg Tarn
Lake District National Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
Two loops, starting at The Talbot Bar, Skelwith Bridge Hotel.Show more
#4 - Helm Crag Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
#5 - Elterwater Lake Circular Walk
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#6 - Pike of Stickle
Lake District National Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
This is a steep climb out of Dungeon Gill up to Loft Crag and Pike of Stickle. There can be a lot of snow on this route depending on the time of year, so please be aware and have the appropriate gear. There are incredible panorama views of the stunning landscape.Show more
#7 - Ambleside and Scandale Pass Circuit
Lake District National Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 6 h
Leaving Ambleside via the Kirkstone Road and turning left at Sweeden Bridge Lane you will follow the old drovers road (to Hartsop ) via the picturesque High Sweeden Bridge and after nearly 4 miles reach the ladder stile at Scandale Head. Valley routes are not as popular as ridge routes but this one with its easy ascent at its head bucks the trend and looks and feels quite grand (not quite on a par with Great Moss). You will then head up to rocky summit of Little Hart Crag (good view point) before alighting at High Bakestones whose cairn is a neat edifice some 7ft tall (pre metrification!) built by a master craftsman. It's then easy going to return via High Pike and Low Pike giving (hopefully) splendid views following the great wall to Low Scandale Bridge.Show more
#8 - Loughrigg Fell and River Rothay Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#9 - Troutbeck Round
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 7 h 46 m
From Church Bridge it is a two mile warm-up before the steep ascent of Troutbeck Tongue. It is then an easy grassy descent north to an ancient cairn before heading down to cross Trout Beck and an area of ancient settlements. The climb at the side of Sad Gill is a delight with a little light scrambling alongside the many waterfalls adding to the interest. By contrast the route to Stony Cove Pike alongside the wall seams a long slog. Wainwright describes it as a route with merit. The descent to Threshthwaite Mouth is both steep and very rocky and is tricky in snow and ice. The ascent to Thornthwaite Crag although steep and loose in places is nowhere as rocky. Thornthwaite Beacon is a distinctive pillar seen for miles around (good wall and rocks for shelter). The return via Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke to meet the Garbon Pass is a promenade with Ill Bell with its three cairns the steepest of the ascents. This is a popular ridge walk and has been constructed as a 'super highway' (drainage channels alongside) by the park authorities. The descent of the Garbon Pass road gives excellent views all the way back.Show more
#10 - Great Langdale Beck and Wasdale Head Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 23.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
This stunning trek takes you into dramatic landscape, challenging climbs and stunning views. It's hard work but worth it. Come prepared, well-equipped and eager!Show more
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