5th November 2010

Wansfell Pike and Troutbeck


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 13.45
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 7.3 Mile
Ascent 1600 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
Roadside, Miller Bridge, Ambleside

This offers an alternative to the overcharged car parks in Ambleside itself. The downsides are, spaces are limited, it's a little way out from the center of the town and you will need to get here early to get a space.


Route Map

Miller Bridge, found next to Rothey Park in Ambleside.

The route out of Ambleside followed this road next to Stock Ghyll and as seen as though the previous two days had had heavy rain we decided to have a look at Stockghyll Force waterfall. (I'm assuming there had been heavy rain anyway, we'd been away but the floods spoke for themselves)

Stockghyll Force may not be the easiest waterfall to photograph or get close to but after heavy rain it really is impressive; and noisy.

Now why on earth would this path or even the waterfalls need to have a turnstile?
Crowd control, did they used to charge to see the falls or did they get it cheap when the turnstile factory shut down.

Looking back down to Ambleside and Loughrigg Fell.

Wansfell Pike summit and Windermere.

The top section of Nanny Lane. We'd just came through the gate from Wansfell Pike.

And looking the other way down Nanny Lane. Just follow the lane down hill and you'll end up in Troutbeck.

Troutbeck has to be one of the loveliest of all the Lakeland villages. It has no big car parks, no tourist shops, no crowds of people and no coaches; I think this is what they mean when a place as described as being idyllic.

Walking through Troutbeck.

St John's Well, one of a series of wells found along the roadside through Troutbeck.

It was bucketing down by now, but never mind, we'd still walked the higher part of the route and had something to eat on the seat next to Troutbeck post office in the dry.

This is where we turned left to follow the path to High Skelgyll Farm.

Entering Skelghyll Wood.

Walking through Skelghyll Woods where quite a bit of the path was like walking through a stream.

A view over the northern end of Windermere to some wet looking fells in the distance.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks