Stone Arthur and Great Rigg Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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4-5.5h
Distance
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10.3 km
Elevation
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745 m
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Stone Arthur and Great Rigg Walk

The Stone Arthur and Great Rigg Walk is a great Lake District adventure that will take you over three summit viewpoints for a commanding view of nearby lakes and fells. While out on the trail, you will traverse Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, and Heron Pike before making a brief visit to the charming lakeside setting at Alcock Tarn. This is a great walk for beginners looking to challenge themselves on the trail.

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Route Description for Stone Arthur and Great Rigg Walk

While not every fell on the Stone Arthur and Great Rigg Walk is a popular peak to summit, the rugged terrain and scenic views overlooking Grasmere make this a pleasant day walk that can be enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts of most skill levels. Setting out from the roadside parking area, you will make your way west along Greenhead Gill before climbing up the steep hillside to reach the summit of Stone Arthur. Continue along this elevated trail to the northeast, where you will receive some stunning views of the surrounding Lake District from atop Great Rigg. From this point, you will head south across the summit of Heron Pike, descending the hillside to visit the charming shores of Alcock Tarn on the return back to the trailhead where you started.

Getting to the Stone Arthur and Great Rigg Walk Trailhead

To get to the trailhead for the Stone Arthur and Great Rigg Walk from Ambleside, drive north for 3.5 mi along Rydal Road and take the second exit on the roundabout to continue on for another 0.9 mi. You will find roadside parking on the left.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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