15th January 2005

1st walk of 2005 - A cloudy day on Wansfell.


Walk Overview
Time 09.05 to 14.10
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 2251 ft
Walking with On my own
Ambleside - Wansfell Pike - Baystones - Wansfell Pike - Nanny Lane - Troutbeck - Robin Lane - 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.
I didn't manage to get out last weekend because of the storms we had, so this was my first walk of 2005. It turned out to be a very gloomy day with almost no views at all. But is was good to get back onto a fell I hadn't been on for about 4 years.

Looking back down the path that leads up to Wansfell Pike.

Wansfell Pike summit.
No views today, but that was more than made up for by an encounter with a Fox. I had taken my bag off to get the camera out, when a Fox ran out from behind the rocky section near me. I think the Fox got as much of a fright as I did. It stopped just in front of me and we both looked at each other for a moment and then he (or she) was off into the mist again. If only I'd got the camera out first.

Baystones summit.
No views, no Fox's, no people and no wind, just an eerie silence.

A boggy section near Baystones summit.

The place where the path from Wansfell Pike joins Nanny Lane.

Looking down to Troutbeck from Nanny Lane.

And again. This was just about the best view I had all day.

A Robin at Troutbeck.
I know Robin's a very small, but I can't believe just how much fruit cake this one managed to eat.


St John's Well in Troutbeck.

Storm Damage in Skelghyll Wood.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks