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High Sweden Bridge


This walk climbs up Scandale with good views back over Ambleside and Rydal Water. It can easily be walked in either direction but here is described anticlockwise as this gives the better views.

Start from the Centre of the village and walk north towards Grasmere. At the mini roundabout, turn left and up the first part of the Struggle.

Take the second left and follow this lane till it passes out of the village and into open country. Go through the gate at the end and continue up a good track through the woods. This eventually leaves the trees and High Sweden Bridge appears around a bend. This is the best place for a rest.

Cross the bridge and ascend the fellside opposite until the ridge is reached. From here the views open out over Ambleside and the Vale of Rydal. Turn left and cross the stile or go through the gate if it’s open.

This track continues down to Nook End Farm where the beck is re-crossed. Continue down Nook lane until the village is reached.