Fairfield, which is the highest of a group of hills to the east of The Lakes, stands to the south of the Helvellyn range. The two southern arms of Fairfield make up the Fairfield horseshoe, which is a popular walk that starts in Ambleside and circles the valley of Rydale to the south.

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Mountain: Fairfield
Elevation: 873m (2863 ft)
Location: Cumbria, England
OS grid ref: NY3584911750
Nearest village(s): Ambleside, Grasmere
Coordinates: 54° 29′ 48.78″ N, 2° 59′ 26.14″ W

Descending from Fairfield on the western side are Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar. The eastern ridge bears the tops of Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike.

Grisedale Tarn, which is north west of Fairfield, is a sizeable tarn with a depth of approximately 100 feet. This tarn has perch, eels and brown trout. Fairfield is usually climbed as the high point of the Fairfield horseshoe. From the summit, which is a rough stony plateau, other fells are visible, they are Helvellyn (with it’s Striding Edge), Saint Sunday Crag, Nethermost Pike and Cofa Pike, which is a subsidiary summit of Fairfield. There are extensive views of Ambleside and Rydal over Rydal Head to the south, together with views of Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.

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