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Wansfell from Troutbeck

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  • Interesting ridge between the 2 summits
  • Good views down Windermere
  • Troutbeck has great character


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1597′. The popularity of Wansfell lies from its proximity to Ambleside and Windermere, a direct ascent from the former the most common route up, whilst its attractiveness lies in the excellent views south down Windermere and a wandering ridge linking the Wansfell Pike and the real summit to the north. Wansfell is a bulky mountain which lies on a wide ridge leading south from the main massif of the Far Eastern Fells and has a lumpy¬†appearance¬†from all directions.

The undulating ridge though offers an interesting 20 minutes, particularly so if the main Wansfell summit is taken first. This leaves the walk along the ridge in a southerly direction which opens up the views impressively over the lake before arriving at the excellent viewpoint which is Wansfell Pike. I have always preferred climbing the fell from the Troutbeck side as it is quieter and less of a trudge; the views also open up more impressively near the summit. Wainwright does warn that Nanny Lane can become wet in the wrong weather but I have not encountered this on my visits to Wansfell.

Recommend: This is only an easy 1/2 day but the pleasures are definitely enhanced by avoiding Ambleside as a starting point.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 410034. Nanny's Lane is the start of the walk, well sign posted but parking near is really a matter of conscience - there are plenty of nooks and crannies.
Height to Climb: 297ms (974 feet)
Terrain: I have found the underfoot terrain fine on Nanny's Lane although the crossing to the summit of Wansfell can be wet. Easy to follow.
Eating & Drinking: There are 3 pubs/hotels in Troutbeck which offer excellent food and drink; the Mortal Men, the Troutbeck Inn and Queen's Arms.
Similar Walks Nearby: Troutbeck Tongue
Fells above Windermere
Stoney Cove Pike from Kirkstone Pass
Places to Stay:


Broadoaks Country HouseMistral Suite, Lake Windermere