1st November 2008

An out of the ordinary combination of fells from Troutbeck


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 15.15
Duration 6 hr 15 min
Distance 12.4 mile
Ascent 3450 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Troutbeck Church - Troutbeck - Nanny Lane - Wansfell Pike - Baystones - Kirkstone Pass - Broad End - St Raven's Edge - Stony Cove Pike - Threshthwaite Mouth - Troutbeck Tongue - Long Green Head - Limefit Park - Troutbeck Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Church Bridge, Troutbeck

There isn't a great deal of room here; perhaps a few more than half a dozen spaces if you're lucky. Once these are taken however, people generally begin to park along the road near the church.

Parking is free

There are lots of walking on offer from this spot, but for myself, I find this an ideal place to head out onto the western arm of the Kentmere horseshoe.


Route Map

Standing at the bottom of Nanny Lane in the lovely village of Troutbeck.
It's extremely rare that I plan walks more than a day in advance. In fact, if I'm walking alone, I generally don't decide where to walk until after I've left home on the day of the walk. Today's walk on the other hand had been planned since the start of the year, if not earlier. For no particular reason, we just kept putting it off and there always seemed to be a motivation to walk somewhere else; until yesterday when we decided to "go for it". And what a fantastic walk it turned out to be; even if we didn't get a view from the higher section of the route.

Yoke and Ill Bell with Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag behind the trees.

Looking up the top section of Nanny Lane. Not the way we went, by the way. We turned left here and headed up to Wansfell Pike.

There you go; this is the route we took.

Windermere, seen here from the path just below Wansfell Pike.

Well that's where we're heading next; across to the fells currently under cloud. And at this point we were hopeful that the cloud would lift by the time we got that far. Alas this was not to be.

Looking across the Wansfell ridge towards Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.


Baystones, the highest point on the ridge (just). And even though this is the highest point, the slightly lower Wansfell Pike end is by far a must nicer part of the ridge.

Quite a contrast in light here as we head across this very wet area to join up with Kirkstone Pass.

A brief reminder that reality is never far away.

Up into the cloud we go.

Even in the most grim of conditions nature can still throw a nice surprise your way.


Stony Cove Pike summit.

Anyone who has walked down here will know that just a little more care than normal is needed. So, at the beginning of the walk we had wondered just how icy it would be on the route down to Threshthwaite Mouth, but as it turned out, the steepest section was almost bone dry.

The view down the steeper section above Threshthwaite Mouth.

Ullswater seen from Threshthwaite Mouth.
It wasn't half windy standing here; a bit like being at the end of a wind tunnel. As I said at the time, "the wind was making my eyes water, so I just pointed the camera in the right direction and gave it a couple of clicks".

This side of the fells was much calmer.

Looking back up to Threshthwaite Mouth.

And again, this time taken from the lower end of Troutbeck Tongue.

Troutbeck Tongue's summit.

One final view of Threshthwaite Mouth. This picture was taken from the beginning of the walk back through the valley to Troutbeck Church.

And then someone turned the light off and for a brief spell turned on the sprinklers.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks