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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. Helvellyn & Fairfield from Patterdale


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

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

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