LawNet Challenge 2019: Fairfield Horseshoe
LawNet’s Member Services Manager George Coombes on taking on the slight variation of the famous Fairfield Horseshoe.
The Fairfield Horseshoe is a classic Lake District walk – and in good weather you can pretty much see the whole route for the entire day… which luckily, we had.
In order for us to walk from the hostel we flouted the tradition of starting from Ambleside and instead set off from Grasmere. The first peak to ascend was Heron Pike. The route was tough going and steep in places but eventually we made it to the top. Yes, it was sunny, but the wind was bitingly cold and had a wind chill factor of minus 3! So, at the top of the ridge it was definitely woolly hat and thermals time!
Once we reached the top of Heron Pike, we had done the biggest climb of the day and, with spirits high, continued on our merry way along the ridge past Great Rigg, and on to Fairfield.
Fairfield, the highest peak in the Eastern Fells at 2863ft, gave us a fantastic 360-degree view of most major fell groups. Luckily in our guide, Bernie, we had a veritable fount of knowledge and he could name all the peaks and ridges that the eye could see! Some feat…!
As 4pm approached we could see the hostel in the distance and a pint beckoning us! Once again it was a really successful event with 75 of the 77 completing the whole route.