1st September 2012

Ambleside, Wansfell Pike and Troutbeck

Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 13.20
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with On my own
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

Today's plan may have been to start a walk from Ambleside, but the walk itself wasn't decided until I'd arrived here. A couple of different things were considered and then scrapped for various reasons. As I drove into the town, Wansfell Pike caught my eye so I opted for a walk over to Troutbeck.

Ambleside was quiet when I set off this morning. When I got back it was packed which was unusual this year, but there you go.

Isn't it a sad world when people feel the need to protect themselves with signs like this. And all in case some idiot tries to bring a claim against them. I can hear them now, "Nobody warned me the ground would be uneven and now I've got a broken ankle". For God sake, what do they expect in places like this; fitted carpets and attendants to help them if it gets too steep.

Right, now I've got that out of my system I can carry on with the walk.


Looking back down to Ambleside.
The fell occupying the middle of the picture is Loughrigg.

Windermere, seen from Wansfell Pike summit.

No view across to Baystones, Red Screes or Kirkstone Pass today. Although, , ,

, , , not long after leaving the top, the cloud started to lift a little as this picture of Sour Howes and Sallows shows.

This where I left the open fellside and started the walk down Nanny Lane into Troutbeck.

and once I was through the gate, I took this is a picture looking up the top section of Nanny Lane.

It's difficult not to want to take a picture of 'the tree'.

I'm almost in Trourbeck now and I just happen to notice the notice saying the house at the bottom of Nanny Lane was for sale. I absolutely love it through here and if I had the luxury of choice, I could happily settle myself in this house.

Passing by the old barn on the route through Troutbeck.

Troutbeck cottages / houses.

St John's Well.


Leaving Troutbeck behind, I peep over the wall to get this photo of Sour Howes and some Troutbeck rooftops.

The second lane of the day is Robin Lane.

A grey looking Windermere seen her behind another photogenic tree.

Robin Lane turns into Hundreds Road at this point, but this is where I leave the track and head off to the left for Skelghyll and Ambleside.

I'm no mathematician but I reckon this puts me exactly half way between Troutbeck and Ambleside.

A gap in the trees allows for a view of Windermere and the lower hills on the western side of the lake.

Walking through Skelghyll Woods at the point where the path crosses Stencher Beck.

It looks like it's just the top of Fairfield that's still under cloud. Anyone on the Fairfield Horseshoe will be pleased they took a chance today.

Back in Ambleside.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks