22nd February 2009

Wansfell and Troutbeck from Ambleside


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 13.45
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ambleside - Wansfell Pike - Baystones - Nanny Lane - Troutbeck - Robin Lane - High Skelgyll - Skelghyll Wood - Ambleside
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ambleside

Ambleside offers quite a few different car parks, all of which are very close to the main town centre. I should offer a word of caution though; don't forget to bring plenty of money to buy a parking ticket.


Route Map

At the beginning of today's walk we passed by the Bridge House in Ambleside, which at a cost of £450 was given to the National Trust in 1926. This is a fascinating old building and one of the most recognisable sites for thousands of visitors to the town ever year. And while Bridge House may conjure up a romantic image of times gone past, the reality is that at one time it was actually someone's house, built on a bridge. Although in these modern times it may be heard to imagine that people really did live here. The last occupants were a man and wife named Rigg who died in the 1850's.
It is believed that Bridge House may have originally been a summer house for the Braithwaites of Ambleside Hall or perhaps it had some connection to a former cloth mill.

A fine view across to the central area of the Lakes.

Sunshine on Red Screes.

A close up of Ambleside.

What a difference the last five minutes climb can make; it was blowing a gale up here. By the look of all those clouds, I think we did the right thing to walk in the eastern half of the Lake District today.

Getting ready to head across the ridge, but before we get going, there's just time for me to take a picture looking across towards Kirkstone Pass and it's surrounding fells.

And the view back across the ridge to Wansfell Pike.


The view down Nanny Lane; an easy route to follow into Troutbeck.
Notice Windermere in the background.

And looking back up nanny Lane.

Just above the lovely village of Troutbeck; somewhere I never tire of walking.

St John's Well; one of a series of wells found next to the road through the village.


Passing by this gorgeous cottage at the Troutbeck end of Robin Lane.


High Skelghyll. found about half way between Ambleside and Troutbeck next to one of the old drove routes. Perhaps it isn't the most attractive of places, but the setting could not be better.

Someday I'll manage to get a decent picture of Windermere. What I'll need to do is make the effort to walk along here at about 6 o'clock in the morning in the middle of summer.

Tall trees in Skelghyll Wood.

Looking across the Waterhead end of Windermere. The fells in the background are Wetherlam, Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags, Lingmoor Fell and Bow Fell, to name some of them.

A low level view to Snarker Pike and Red Screes.

Back to reality.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks