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Fairfield Horseshoe is a 10 mile loop trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 10.0 mi Elevation gain 3,333 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Scramble

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Although some class this as mountaineering, it depends on the weather. On a fine summers day it could be classed as a long hike. It is one of the classic walks in the Lake District National Park, taking in the summits of Nab Scar, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike. On good clear days the views are extensive. For anyone visiting the lakes for the first time and they are fit this is a must as from the summit of Fairfield you get a grandstand panorama.

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James Busfield
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Brad Quinney
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Liam Mobsby
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RockyScramble

Did this walk today (July). We went clockwise from the start point and started about 10am. Steep start up to 450m and the first summit but good footpath and easy to follow. Breathtaking views down in to the valley and back to the Lake. First half of the horseshoe across Heron Pike, Great Rigg and up to Fairfield was really enjoyable and path was easy to follow. Great views from Fairfield across to Helvellyn. Next section from Faifield to Hart Crag involved some tricky rocks and probably wouldn't be much fun in the winter. From the summit of Hart Crag you just need to keep the valley and the small stone wall to your right to navigate, but you would probably need a compass in poor conditions as there was basically no footpath down from the summit for the first 100m or so and just a rocky patch to scramble down. Luckily it was dry so rocks weren't slippy. The rest of the descent to Ambleside was more rocky and tricky than on the opposite side, and was quite boggy in patches, so probably difficult in winter. So we thought clockwise is best as you get the most enjoyable views and better paths in the first half. Overall a challenging and rewarding walk with incredible views, but I wouldn't fancy it in poor conditions!

Anthony Pettit
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

Very difficult walk going clockwise. Not well signed posted and we ended up walking an additional 2 miles in the dark. unbelievable views and a great sense of achievement. Definitely give yourself 6/7 hours to complete and try to enjoy a break overlooking the valley.

BKR 18
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

Parked at ‘Pelter Bridge Car Park’ - it’s £7 but was full so parked on the road just outside for free for 9 hours with no issues. (Roughly 5 min walk to the start of the trail). Let me start by saying this hike is relentless, and is on the higher end of ‘hard’. You definitely need to be moderately fit for this one and be well prepared. We went clockwise & it’s pretty much uphill from the get go for what seemed hours! It was clear and dry/humid with hardly any wind when we first started. Some amazing pano views from the first climb but once we got further up to the top into the clouds, that soon disappeared as we were met with thick fog, lots of rain & strong winds. Probably our toughest hike yet with lots of scrambles, climbing & a few technical parts especially coming back down (some parts are quite scary!) So just take your time (luckily we packed torches to help as it got quite dark up the top/coming back down). Would definitely recommend this trail if you want a good challenge with a sense of accomplishment afterwards, probably my favourite hike so far on All Trails!

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Georgina Clark
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Joshua Ainsworth
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Awesome long hike, almost like mountaineering in the Alps during winter condition’s. Gale force winds on the summits with snow 3 feet deep in places. Arduous and spectacular. Good excuse to dust the crampons and ice axe off!

Ricardo Chendo
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Craig Speight
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

A real gem of a loop trail if you want a challenge and a feeling of achievement when you complete the loop. went clockwise round with the wife and labrador Oscar which is the easier way in my opinion. But bear in mind there are some testing parts. Fantastic though

Yasmin Byrne
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George Osborn
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My wife and I completed this walk with our dog and it was challenging and exhilarating. We went clockwise round and on hindsight think we made the right choice as it seemed a longer steep climb coming down. Think these were some of the best views I’ve had on a walk with variety and 360 degree panoramic. Was rockier than I had envisaged with some spots of scrambling but was well worth it.

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Jordan McLaughlin
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David Robinson
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