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Fairfield

Fairfield



Grid Reference: NY 35861 11722
Height: 873 metres/2864 feet

"A grand mountain with grand satellites in support."
A.W Wainwright

Fairfield dominates the skyline to the north of Ambleside, with it's southern ridges circling the Rydal Valley The Fairfield Horseshoe follows these ridges, high above Ambleside and is rightly a popular route.

The Patterdale side of Fairfield shows a vastly different aspect to the mountain, the grassy southern and western slopes are replaced with vast crags and steep rocky valleys, fine ridge walks are also on offer here including Saint Sundays Crag and Hartsop Above How.

The views from the summit of Fairfield are exceptional, most of the high fells of the Lake District are in fine view with a great view over Morecambe Bay and south east over the Yorkshire Dales.

 

  1. The Fairfield Horseshoe from Heron Pike

    The Fairfield Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    On of the classic Lake District horseshoe walks, a long walk with little exposure, easy underfoot

    Distance: 17km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 1110m / 3400ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Saint Sundays Crag from Fairfield

    Fairfield from Patterdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk with moderate levels of exposure on the descent from Fairfield but wonderful scenery throughout

    Distance: 15km / 10 miles
    Ascent: 1070m / 3500ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. On the summit of Seat Sandal

    Fairfield from Grasmere: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A steep start then gentle walking, some of the best views over the Vale of Grasmere

    Distance: 12km / 7 miles
    Ascent: 1000m / 3200ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Caudale Moor from the shores of Ullswater

    The Patterdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A very challenging day walk over rough ground and plenty of summits

    Distance: 27km / 17 miles
    Ascent: 2100m / 6900ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. On Great Rigg

    A Night in Priests Hole: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Spend the night in a cave high in the mountains,watch the sun rise from the cave

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1200m / 3900ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  6. Fairfield from St Sundays Crag

    Helvellyn & Fairfield from Patterdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A wonderful long day in the fells, exposed ridges and rugged scenery throughout

    Distance: 19.5km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1500m / 5000ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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