29th September 2012

Troutbeck (valley) and Troutbeck Tongue


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 14.20
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.4 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Church Bridge- bottom of Garburn Pass - Long Green Head - Hag Gill - Troutbeck Tongue - Hag Bridge - Ing Bridge - Town Head - Troutbeck - Church Bridge
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

With the prospect of another showery and very windy day, I drove around to Troutbeck for a lower level walk through the valley and onto Troutbeck Tongue. There are other routes you can take, but the bottom of Garburn Pass is as good a way as any to begin a walk through Troutbeck. To say the least, this section of the pass is rough under foot. Although a little further up, there is evidence that at one time the route had a well maintained 'pitched' surface.

From the bottom section of Garburn Pass you get a nice view across to the Troutbeck village on the opposite side of the valley, the valley itself, and the fells at the head of the valley.
The lower fell in the distance is the aptly named Troutbeck Tongue.

A close up of the sunshine on Ill Bell and Froswick. Thornthwaite Beacon can be seen in the distance (left).

I wasn't on Garburn Pass for long at all before I turned onto the track running along the east side of the valley.

Another close up of somewhere enjoying the sunshine. This time it was Troutbeck Tongue, , , , that's where I'm heading, but you already knew that didn't you.

For a brief spell the valley was bathed in warm sunshine. I don't think I'm being greedy to expect the occasional day when the sun is like this for the whole day.

A close up of Troutbeck Park.

This is Hag Gill, flowing along the eastern side of Troutbeck Tongue.

You have two options to get over Troutbeck Tongue on this walk.
1) round the back and down the front, or
2) up the front and round the back
Today I went for option 1.
"Why did you do that then?"
"Because it was raining when I got here and I'd rather walk along a level track in the rain than up the front of the fell"

Looking across to Threshthwaite Mouth from the grassy northern end of Troutbeck Tongue.

"Hurry up and take your photo, I'm not standing like this for nothing you know"

A view through Troutbeck, taken from the route off Troutbeck Tongue.


The day seemed to be improving slightly with less frequent showers and a bit more blue sky on offer. If I'd set off later or walked more slowly, I might have has a sunny view from the top of Troutbeck Tongue.

Up above the streets and houses rainbow flying high,
Everyone can see him smiling over the sky, , , ,
"Come on join in, I'm not doing a solo"

As I remarked to a couple I passed along here, when the sun was out it was actually quite warm.

Looking back along Ing Lane to Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag.

Passing through Town Head.

Just up the road from the previous picture is the Queens Head Hotel. My route took me past the hotel where I turned left after a couple of minutes walking.

Troutbeck rooftops with Sallows on the opposite side of the valley.


Full marks for presentation, effort and having a wall that's low enough to see over.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks