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.
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.