Walks from Ambleside walk

Low to mid level walks from Ambleside in the Lake District

Hiking Weather

10 Day Forecast for Ambleside

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A damp and murky start, but brighter and milder later.


A rather damp and murky start for many, with outbreaks of rain or drizzle and extensive hill fog. However, it will become generally drier with some brighter spells perhaps developing during the afternoon. Becoming very mild in the brighter spells. Maximum Temperature 12C.


Cloudy, with some rain at first. However, it will become drier, with clear spells developing during the early hours, with perhaps a touch of frost in places by dawn. Minimum Temperature 3C.


Tuesday will be dry and bright, with plenty of sunshine. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine, despite a cooler northerly breeze developing. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

It will be mainly dry and bright, with good spells of sunshine during this period. However, it will be turning increasingly colder, with widespread frost overnight.

Day 6 to 15

Dry with sunny spells as we head into next weekend with overnight frosts, along with patchy mist and freezing fog. However, outbreaks of rain or drizzle along with some hill snow and stronger winds are possible at times across northwestern areas. Temperatures will turn colder for most with wind from the east or northeast, possibly brisk in SE England. The cold weather will be mainly dry initially with a chance of snow flurries in the east and southeast. Heading into the following week, there is an increased chance of snow for many, especially in the south and east. Although the location and timing of any snowfall remains uncertain. However, some milder unsettled weather may still occur at times, especially in the west.

Day 16 to 30

At the start of this period it is likely to stay cold for most with widespread overnight frost. There will be a greater chance than usual of mainly easterly winds originating from continental Europe, which could bring very cold weather at times and the potential for some snowfall, especially in eastern and southern parts. Unusually, it will probably be driest in the northwest. As we head further into mid March there are indications that it may become more changeable and less cold, with the wettest weather and mildest temperatures likely to be in the south or the southwest of the UK, but this is currently very uncertain.

Met Office : NW : 2018-02-19T02:11:05

Issued: 1800 on 2018-02-18 for Lake District


Patchy rain or drizzle and extensive low cloud but becoming dry in the afternoon.

Summary Cloudy with outbreaks of mostly light rain or drizzle, but heavier bursts for a time in the morning. Becoming dry through the afternoon with perhaps a little brightness to end the day.
Chance of Cloud free tops Nil chance overnight and for most of the day with areas of cloud from low slopes upwards. 30% chance during afternoon and evening as cloud lifts to about 500 or 600m.
Ground conditions Sunday 18 February. Location : Helvellyn summit at 12:40. Some snow is thawing - it was only just below freezing on the summit. The thaw is only pronounced below 600m and rapid below 400m. There is now little snow below 300m and between 300m and 600m there are areas of ground devoid of snow although much remains. Above 600m, the Lakeland fells have a substantial covering of snow although the actual depth varies considerably from little on windswept areas to drifts of over 100cm in sheltered spots and hollows and on lee slopes. Although such depth is the exception, drifts of 30-50cm are fairly commonplace. The consistency of the snowpack was notably softer than on Saturday. However, there are harder patches of snow especially above 800m and where the snow has been compacted on popular routes. Conversely the going can be very arduous when breaking trail through soft, above-ankle deep snow. Exposed routes above the snowline, such as Striding and Swirral Edges, remain in winter condition and should only be attempted by those experienced in, and equipped for, winter mountaineering. The majority of Striding Edge consists of a light covering of soft and compacted snow and ice and this was giving walkers without crampons and ice axes a totally false sense of security. Both Striding and Swirral's exits are guarded by unavoidable steep banks of hard snow. There are deep steps cut into them so it is possible to undertake such routes without proper equipment BUT it would not be possible to prevent a small slip becoming a major slide with only rocks to stop you. Cornices exist on S to E to N facing aspects. Owing to extremely poor visibility today, it was not possible to inspect them but, given forecasted milder temperatures, these are likely to weaken so please keep well back from such edges and advise those with less experience to do likewise. Upland tarns, such as Red Tarn, have frozen and are snow covered but are not safe to walk on - despite folk testing this theory today.... Climbers. Sorry, didn't meet any climbers today and owing to the low cloud could not see any of the climbs! However, draw your own conclusions from a generally softer snowpack and milder temperatures! Full winter clothing, footwear and equipment are essential for anyone venturing out into the fells. For those attempting, or traversing, steep slopes above the snowline crampons and ice axe are also essential. Excellent navigational skills are also required especially when snow is falling and/or in cloud as the deep snow obscures all landmarks creating challenging route finding. Temperature: minus 0.5 C. Maximum wind speed 22.6 mph. Wind chill minus 8.7 C. Average wind speed: 20.3 mph.
Visibility Often poor or hazy with mist and occasional drizzle. Improving through the afternoon at low levels.
Poor Visibility: High likelihood
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Weather Light rain Heavy Rain Drizzle Light rain Dull Dull
Rain 70% 70% 70% 70% 70% 40%
Temp (tops) 3 4 4 5 4 4
Wind (tops) 20 18 20 22 23 22
Freezing Level 2200m 2300m 2300m 2400m 2100m 1800m
Day 1

Light rain for a time overnight and early morning then a dry and bright day with sunny spells breaking though. Feeling cold on the summits in the strong northerly winds.

Ice Just above the summits at first lowering to 900m.
Visibility Misty early morning but becoming excellent through the morning.
Wind NW 20mph veering North 25-30mph gusts 40mph.
Temp Plus 5 falling to Plus 1 Celsius. (at high level)
Day 2

A dry day with sunny spells and well broken cloud above the summits. Winds turning easterly and becoming light. Feeling cold on the tops with freezing level at 700m.

Day 3

Dry with sunny spells, cloud above the summits, and light easterly winds. Freezing level lowering to 500m.

Day 4

Dry and bright conditions are expected and feeling cold with fresh easterly winds on the summits.

Data: Met Office