5th June 2016

Wansfell Pike and Troutbeck

Time 8:20am to 1pm
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 1900 ft - is close enough
Walking with Jennifer
Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Wansfell Pike - Nanny Lane - Troutbeck - Robin Lane - High Skelghyll - Skelghyll Woods - 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.
Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


8:30 in Ambleside and all was calm & quiet.

As the sign says, it's "this way to the waterfalls" but, with the recent lack of rain we give them a miss and continue up the road instead. Shortly after 'not' visiting the waterfalls we reach the steps that would take us onto the fellside proper. Here, the hardest part of what you could call an easy walk begins; made that little bit harder today because it was soooooo hot (in a good way).

A view backwards the forecasted cloud beginning to build in the distance.

Looking over to Red Screes.

Wansfell Pike summit with a view to the slightly higher Baystones end of the ridge and Red Screes / Kirkstone Pass gap (left), Caudale Moor, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke running across to the right of the picture.

Windermere stretches away from us with the southern end almost vanishing into the haze.

A close up of Wray Castle, Blelham Tarn and Hawkshead.

One last picture taken at the top before we start the walk down to Troutbeck.

Looking back up to Wansfell Pike.

It may have been helped on the the day progressing but the lower we got, the higher the temperature got. Here at the point where we reached Nanny Lane I decided it was warm enough to take off my hat, gloves and coat.



Troutbeck rooftops are seen as we reach the bottom of Nanny Lane.



On the seat next to the post office / shop / cafe I unpack our food supplies while Jennifer goes inside to buy a coffee for herself and a cake for me. This was brilliant, hot sunshine, something to eat in one of the most beautiful places in the country and peace & quiet. It doesn't get much better than this. BUT - just look at those clouds in the distance.


Windermere seen from Robin Lane.


26deg C and we're loving it.

Turn left for High Skelghyll and Ambleside or go straight on to end up where you were earlier; between Wansfell Pike and Nanny Lane.


Walking through Skelghyll Woods.

Once out of the woods and just above Ambleside the view opens up again to show Windermere and the hazy fells beyond.

A view of the western arm of the Fairfield horseshoe.

and again, this time taken as we enter Ambleside.

Not sure what the RSPCA would think about this.
And on the subject of clouds and the weather, on the drive home between Thirlmere and Keswick the rain was lashing it down.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks