4th December 2016

A blue sky day at Troutbeck Tongue

Time 9:50am to 2:20pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent Computer says 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Church Bridge - Troutbeck - Town Head - Ing Lane - Ing Bridge - Hag Bridge - Troutbeck Tongue - Hag Gill - Hag Bridge - Ing Bridge - Ing Lane - Truss Lane - Troutbeck Church - 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


After last weekends walk over Wansfell Pike we decide to return to Troutbeck for a visit to Troutbeck Tongue. But, rather than walk through the valley at the start of the walk while it was in shade, we headed through the village first. As a result, we completed the entire walk in the loveliest of winter sunshine. We saw no one on the walk through Troutbeck, we saw no one on the walk through the valley to Troutbeck Tongue and we only saw 2 people on the walk back. I'm not sure where everyone else went today but we truly enjoyed the quietness and peacefulness on a relaxed walk through one of Lakelands most beautiful areas.


Zooming in a little bit on Troutbeck Tongue with part of the Ill Bell ridge towering above.


That's us two standing for a moment to admire the view.



Troutbeck Park.

About half way up and we stop to admire the view but sadly for the camera, the sun was shining right through the valley. This played havoc with the technical stuff and it was decided not to bother pressing the button while looking in that direction.

Troutbeck Tongue summit.

Summit time was brief on Troutbeck tongue today. Even at this lowly height the coolness of the wind made it too uncomfortable to hang around. We even abandoned out idea of having something to eat on those rock you see just ahead of us. Instead we decided to wait until we'd dropped down to Hag Beck. A good move as it turned out.
Here we stand looking across to Threshthwaite Mouth.

Yes, it's that time of year when, depending on where you are, it's almost impossible to take a picture without including our shadows.



And to finish, this is us two again. Looking back through the valley at the Ill Bell ridge and, slightly obscured by a tree, is Troutbeck Tongue.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks