I’ve climbed Fairfield three times before all coming from different directions (I love that about the Lakes, endless walks even if you have already climbed the fell).
I did this route on a misty day so the views were non exsistant which was a bit disappointing but I get my highs from the feeling of getting to the top, regardless of the view. It’s about the only thing I get a buzz from.
Starting in Ambleside (or in my case Low Wrag campsite) the route is a long slog up to Low Pike and High Pike along a wall which reminds me of Hadrian’s wall. It was windy so the shelter the dry stone wall gave was welcome. From the top of Hart Crag you sweep round to the left and reach the summit. There are numerous ways down and in mist I made a bit of a mistake and ended up going down scree…great for jelly leg practice!
Descending down with views of Grizadale Tarn is fab and the quiet valley of Great Tongue is fall of interest. Ended up in Grasmere for a tasty gingerbread man and then on back to the campsite via Loughrigg Terrace with the red squirrels (if you are lucky).
Grizdale Tarn from the scree of Fairfield (taken on a sunnier day!)
High Pike from Low Pike
I love the Lakes. It’s at it’s best mid week, low season. Just you and the fells and the challenge of going from peak to peak for as long as possible.
I can’t wait to visit again in three weeks.
For those for are interested I used an app to map my exact position throughout. It’s called Simple Logger. It doesn’t drain your battery and using a website you can plot you route on an OS map. Interesting to see where you walk….especially when you go wrong!