The traditional climb of Wansfell Pike from Ambleside is perfectly pleasant. However the walk is much improved by carrying on towards Troutbeck and turning south and returning via the pleasant track overlooking Windermere.
A health warning. This walk does not go to the high point of Wansfell!! In fact my suspicions are that the highest point of Wansfell (at 1601 feet and known as Baystones) is rarely visited. Despite this heinous error this is a splendid walk. Climb the steep slopes of Wansfell from Ambleside before carrying on towards Troutbeck. The return via Windermere has great views.
I enjoyed the walk in hot September sunshine, the final stretch of woodland a relief, and came across a number of American and Australian walkers who admitted to revising their opinion of England, and the Lake District in particular, notorious weather. One of Wansfell’s great and almost unique benefits is that it stands alone from other fells, thereby offering panoramic views in all directions. The Far Eastern fells stand out well, as does Windermere, but the views West offer a wonderful perspective of higher Lakeland.
It is easy to reverse this walk. Start with the long gradual descent leading out of Ambleside to the south. However I prefer getting the climbing out the way and views are better of Windermere if you start with Wansfell Pike.
From Wansfell Pike follow the main footpath towards Troutbeck. Just after a wall turn sharp right and join a permissive path (not obvious to start with on the ground) heading south.
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