10th December 2011

Ambleside, Wansfell Pike and Troutbeck


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 55 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Neil Hasselwood
Miller Bridge - Ambleside -Wansfell Pike - Baystones - The Hundreds - Nanny Lane - Troutbeck - Robin Lane - High Skelghyll - Skelghyll Wood - Ambleside - Miller Bridge
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

Neil was staying in Ambleside and with the forecast yet again being uncertain, we decided to head onto Wansfell and over to Troutbeck. This kept us out of the cloud yet still allowed is to get high enough for a taste of the wintry conditions.

A view down to Ambleside and the fells beyond, taken from the path up Wansfell Pike.

Snowy Lakeland.
On the left you have Low and High Pike, the centre is dominated by Red Screes and on the right is Caudale Moor.

Neil on Wansfell Pike.

Dramatic skies above Windermere.

A close up of Blelham Tarn.

Before we headed away from the summit, the sun came out for a little while and I took this picture looking across the ridge to Red Screes, Caudale Moor, Thornthwaite Crag and Froswick.

It's a bit of a messy rainbow, but a rainbow nonetheless. I wonder if some lucky person managed to get the pot of gold.

It looks like that cloud is heading straight for us.

A view back along the ridge and it was getting darker by the minute.

Standing on Baystones and for ten minutes we were battered by wind and horizontal rain, hail and snow. If we'd been continuing along the ridge we would have probably carried on walking, but as seen as though we were now heading around with the wind in our faces it seemed wise to let the 'storm' pass over.

That's better, now we can carry on.

This is the top section of Nanny Lane. For anyone new to the place, it's a straightforward walk from here right into Troutbeck.

Looking back up Nanny Lane from the point where the Wansfell Pike path joins Nanny Lane.

Still on Nanny Lane.

Just above Troutbeck and looking across the valley to Sallows.

This is four times I've walked through Troutbeck this year and each time I've had the thought that I could quite happily settle here to see my days out.


A splash of sunlight on Windermere.

Just past Hundreds Road and heading for High Skelghyll. We had one extreme to the other today. After the strong wind we'd experienced on the ridge there wasn't even a slightest of breezes down here. It was raining though.

It's only a short walk from High Skelghyll to Skelghyll Woods.

It's Stencher Beck that runs through Skelghyll Woods and is crossed by this old moss covered bridge. I wonder why it isn't called Skel Ghyll (Skel Gill). In fact there doesn't seem to be a Skelghyll (beck, gill, stream or river) anywhere in the area.

Out of the woods now and walking down the road into Ambleside.

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's cruelty to snowmen. If this had been an animal left in a hot car people would have been calling the police, the RSPCA and the newspapers.
Anyway: I'm not going to stand by and watch him turn into a puddle.

"Don't worry mate I'll phone the RSPCS and we'll have you out of there in no time"

"Tell them to be quick or you'll need a mop and bucket"

Talking about rivers and stuff. this is Stock Ghyll taken just before it flows into the River Rothay.

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Lake District Walks