2nd June 2013

Ambleside, Wansfell Pike and Troutbeck


Walk Overview
Time 9.15am to 1.45pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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

It wasn't really that early, but it was still very quiet in Ambleside when we set out this morning. The hustle and bustle of a Sunday in Lakeland was still a couple of hours away. There were still plenty of parking spaces, getting from one side of the road to the other was easily achieved, and we weren't forced to step onto the road by people who seemed to think the pavement belongs to them.
When we got back it was a totally different story.


There are more of these money trees in the Lake District than people might realise. This one is found next to the road between Ambleside and Stockgill Waterfalls.

Seen better days.

You can see the Coniston fells are still under cloud over there.

This is the other route from Ambleside to Wansfell Pike. I've definitely been across here at least once, but I couldn't even guess when it was. Certainly pre website days and that's as much as I remember.

Now the path turns into steps. You're right, it should be easier on the steps but that's outweighed by the fellside being steeper on here.

Looking over to Red Screes.

The only way is up.

Zooming in on (part of) Ambleside and (part of) Rydal Water.

That's the path we're heading down next. Over on the opposite side of the valley is Sallows and Sour Howes.

Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag and Stony Cove Pike seen from Wansfell Pike summit.

I am not a sheep, I am a grass eating machine.

Now we join Nanny Lane and make our way to Troutbeck. The fell over there is Sour Howes.

From t'other side of the gate you can look up to the top section of Nanny Lane.


Troutbeck rooftops.

What a lovely garden and the view is quie good as well. The good news is, it's on the market so if you really like it you can dig deep into your pockets and buy it. And yes folks, it gets even better, as an added bonus you get the house as well.


St John's Well; one of a series of wells passed on the walk through the village.

In case you wondered which way to go next, , , ,

As the sign says, this is Robin Lane   and so is this.



A view down to Windermere.

This is the point where Robin Lane turns into Hundreds Road and it's also where we turn off to head to High Skelghyll. Up there on the skyline is Wansfell Pike.

Another view of Windermere. This time looking straight across the lake instead of looking all the way down it.

That's High Skelghyll over there.

High Skelghyll livestock.

It was lovely walking through Skelghyll Wood today. The sun had decided to come out, it was warming up nicely and the bluebells were at their best, albeit much later than you'd expect them to be.


A view over the Ambleside end of Windermere to the higher fells beyond.


It's a bit busier now

David Hall -
Lake District Walks