1st September 2013

Troutbeck Tongue and Troutbeck Valley


Walk Overview
Time 10:40am to 2:40pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Church Bridge - Garburn Pass - Long Green Head Farm - Hag Gill - Troutbeck Tongue - path above 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

Today's walk starts by taking us over Church Bridge and back onto the main road. After about a minutes walk up the road you cross over to start walking up Garburn Pass.

Todays walk began with a walk up the bottom section of Garburn Pass. You can actually walk through Limefitt Holiday Park to get onto the path through the valley, but I generally take this slightly longer route because I enjoy the walk up here.

Well we certainly won't be needing sun hats and sun cream today. Fortunately we didn't need waterproofs either.

Walking above the treeline and the view is somewhat restricted to that of Yoke. Once past the end of the trees, , , ,

, , , the view opens up to show the Troutbeck Valley in all its glory.
Up on the skyline are Caudale Moor, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.


Along the way, lots of gills run under or over our path, one of which is called Miles Gill. This could be it or perhaps it this is one of the other unnamed ones. To cut a long story short, I didn't take any notice so I'll give myself 10 out 0f 10 for supplying useless information but only 1 out of 10 for observation.

I could tell you that Troutbeck Tongue was getting closer but things are not quite as they seem. The camera zoom give the illusion that the fell is much nearer to the old barn than it actually is.


A view back through the valley.

Hag Gill.

The valley opens up from this side of Troutbeck Tongue showing part of Windermere in the distance.

Approaching the top of Troutbeck Tongue.

At the summit and looking across to Red Screes. Part of Kirkstone Pass can be seen on the left of the picture.

Now I'm looking round towards Caudale Moor, Threshthwaite Mouth (try saying that with a mouth full of spaghetti), Thornthwaite Crag and Froswick.

It was a bit too windy to sit up here for something to eat so we left the summit and headed across the ridge in search of some big stones to sit behind.

I reckoned we could have sat here but apparently the wind was coming from the 'wrong' direction. There was only one course of action to take. Yes, you've guessed it, I nominated Jennifer to take on the role of walk leader whereby she made the executive decision to keep going.

Time to head back down. The route we took today rejoins the path we were on earlier, albeit a little further along the side of Hag Gill.

A view back along the track.

A definite contender for the least used stile in the Lake District competition.


The old barn on Ing Lane gives a nice foreground for a picture of the ridge above the valley and Troutbeck Tongue of course.

Truss Lane.

I'm not sure what time we arrived at Troutbeck Church. Probably sometime between 20 minutes to 3 and 2:40pm. As we weren't in a hurry to get anywhere we had a look inside.


A close up of one of the stained glass windows
and a picture of the stairs leading down from the gallery.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks