1st January 2010

New Years Day on Wansfell Pike


Walk Overview
Time 10.15 to 14.30
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ambleside - Wansfell Pike - Nanny Lane - Troutbeck - Robin Lane - High Skelghyll - 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

Bridge House Ambleside, taking pride of place as picture number one from walk number one in 2010.

Carefully does it on the icy route between Ambleside and the turn off onto the fell. Sorry about the arm, I didn't notice it when I sorted the pictures out.


A (sort of) close up of Caudale Moor.
The low point on the left is the top of Kirkstone Pass.

Up in the sunshine on Wansfell Pike.
The fells in the background are Caudale Moor, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.

Windermere, also seen from Wansfell Pike.

Leaving the summit in perfect winter conditions.

The view across to Ill Bell, Yoke and Sallows.

With the path being nothing more than compacted frozen snow, it was much easier to walk off the path than run the risk of doing a back flip. It was much more fun as well. We never knew just how deep the snow was or how far in we'd sink.

Another view down to Windermere.

This is the first of the gates we passed through between Wansfell Pike and Nanny Lane.

The view up the higher section of Nanny Lane. Taken when we joined the lane from the gate on the left.

Heading down Nanny Lane towards Troutbeck.


On the opposite side of the valley you can make out the route of Garburn Pass running up the fellside below Sallows and Sour Howes.



By the time we reached Robin Lane the sunshine had gone and a heavy snow shower was on its way.


Windermere was fast disappearing as the snow got heavier.

Wintry Robin Lane.
I don't understand why my photos never seems to show how heavy the snow is.

This is more or less the point when Robin Lane gives way to Hundreds Road (straight ahead). This is also the point where we turned left and headed towards High Skelghyll farm.

More snow over Windermere.

The view back from Skelghyll farm.

Skelghyll Wood.

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Lake District Walks