At last the Covid restrictions are eased and I could get out to meet my friends from Crosby Rambling Club and enjoy a walk in the Lake District.
Out destination was Ambleside and I did the B walk, a steady 8.5 miles led by Judith.
We left Ambleside and followed the minor road that runs alongside the River Rothay to reach Rothay Park. From here we began a steep climb along lanes, tracks and a rocky path to Miller Brow. We then followed a footpath across the fell to reach the beautiful and secluded Lily Tarn.
After a short rest we continued across open fells with several ups and downs to reach the bridleway that skirts Ivy Crag.
The bridleway led us to Loughrigg Tarn where we stopped for lunch with plenty of time to admire the scenery and the classic view of the Langdale Pikes across the tarn.
We continued along the bridleway and a lane to contour round the fell reach Loughrigg Terrace. This is a popular track with magnificent views over Grasmere and Rydal Water.
We stopped at the impressive Rydal Cave and then continued back into Ambleside in need of some refreshment.
There could only be one place to go. The Golden Rule Pub on Smithy Brow. With a wide choice of Robinson Beers, No background music or big screen. An ideal place to enjoy a pint and a chat after a walk. We sat in the beer garden and I enjoyed a pint of ‘Wicked’
It must be the best pub in Ambleside.
It had been a super day and my first proper walk for 18 months. I was tired which gave me the perfect excuse to doze on the coach during the journey back along the motorway.