Walking

Walking trail

High Close tree trail

Walking trail

Originally worked a hill farm, the house and grounds at High Close were re-designed after Edward Wheatley-Balme bought the estate in 1857. Many exotic trees and shrubs were planted in this landscape garden to enhance to beautiful views of the surrounding fells. The arboretum now contains species grown as part of the International Conifer Conservation Programme. The aim is to provide suitable habitats for rare and threatened conifer species to preserve them for the future.

Tree guide

Take a look at our detailed tree descriptions here: http://bit.ly/2oQX8uf You can also scan the QR codes on the sign by each tree during your walk to access more information about the trees you'll see on your walk.

High Close tree trail

Map

High Close, Langdale tree trail

Start:

YHA Langdale, High Close, Loughrigg, Ambleside LA22 9HJ. Grid ref NY338052

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Start the trail from the wooden gates of the main YHA car park. Here you'll see two of the largest trees in the arboretum.

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Wellingtonia

2

Growing right next door to the Wellingtonia is a Sitka Spruce.

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Sitka Spruce

3

Go through the black metal gates onto the terrace with views of the surrounding fells. Go down some steps to the left and through the black metal gates. Follow the path straight on.

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Noble Fir

4

Follow the path from the Noble Fir for about 100m. On your left you'll see a small Fitzroya tree growing inside a wooden cage.

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Fitzroya

5

Follow the path down the hill to the next sign, staying within the arboretum.

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Western Hemlock

6

After a few hundred meters along the path on your left is a Grand Fir.

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Grand Fir

7

Follow the arrows to lead you to the next tree to the right of the path.

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Monterey Pine

8

The trail now ventures into Low Wood, outside of the true arboretum. Follow the path from the Monterey Pine passing a wooden gate and follow the iron railings until you reach a second gate to take you into Low Wood. The track gets a little more rough, steep and muddy from here.

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Douglas Fir

9

Follow the Victorian carriage track down into the woodlands, arrows will point the way. There's a mix of native hazel, oak and beech with specimen conifers planted around 150 years ago.

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Coast Redwood

10

Head down the hill on the path staying within the woodlands. The next tree on the trail is a large lime on the field boundary to your left.

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Small Leaf Lime

11

Follow the path along the fence line for 100m and take the right fork at the arrow.

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Scots Pine

12

From the Scots' Pine head up hill to the final tree, one of several Japanese Red Cedars at High Close. After this follow the arrows o guide you back to the carriage track.

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Japanese Red Cedar

13

Once you rejoin the track head back uphill to the arboretum. Turn left after the wooden gate will to get back to the car park below the YHA.

End:

YHA Langdale, High Close, Loughrigg, Ambleside LA22 9HJ. Grid ref NY338052

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High Close tree trail

How to get here

Address
High Close, Loughrigg, Ambleside LA22 9HJ
By road

High Close garden is easily found using OS map 7 South Lakes Area (NY 33867 05289).

From Coniston take the A593 (Ambleside road) to Skelwith bridge; continue for a further 200m, then take the next left turn for High Close and head up the hill until you see a white painted stone sign to Grasmere & Langdale, turn left and High Close garden is on the left.

From Ambleside take the A593 towards Coniston; turn right at the High Close sign before Skelwith bridge head up the hill until you see a white painted stone sign to Grasmere & Langdale, turn left and High Close garden is on the left.

Limited parking is available next to the youth hostel. Please don't park in the main youth hostel car park. There is another car park 50m past the youth hostel if travelling towards Elterwater and Langdale.

By foot

High Close can be very easily accessed by foot from either Grasmere, Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge. In less than an hours walk you can be enjoying views of Loughrigg Fell and beyond from the terraces and paths around the arboretum.

Look at OS Explorer OL7 for the best footpath routes to the site.

By bicycle

Cycling is another great way of getting to High Close. Look at Sustrans website for details, we're just a few minutes pedal away from routes 637 and 6.

High Close tree trail

Facilities and access

  • Tea and coffee facilities are available at the youth hostel - enter via the door from the youth hostel's main car park.
  • Toilets are available in the youth hostel if you stop for tea or coffee. Public toilets are in Elterwater and Grasmere.
  • Limited parking is available next to the youth hostel. Please don't park in the main youth hostel car park. There is another car park 50m past the youth hostel if travelling towards Elterwater and Langdale.