Wansfell Pike and Windermere

  • Unusual descent from Wansfell
  • 360 degree spectacular  views from summit
  • Pleasant woodland walking

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, climbing the steep slopes of Wansfell from Ambleside but then carrying on towards Troutbeck before taking a right and enjoying the lovely views of Windermere.

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.

Recommend: It is easy to reverse this walk and start with the long gradual descent leading out of Ambleside to the south but I prefer getting the climbing out the way and views are better of Windermere if you start with Wansfell Pike.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 375046. Car park on the northern end of Ambleside. Cross the river to the south and turn left opposite Gaynor Sports and head up the driveable lane signposted to Stockghyll Force.
Height to Climb: 470 ms (1,542 ft)
Terrain: A steep climb on a good path is followed by an easy descent on a mixture of grassy paths, quiet lanes and woodland tracks
Eating & Drinking: Ambleside is rammed with places to eat and drink.
Similar Walks Nearby: Lands over Ambleside
A Climb of Loughrigg Fell
Easedale Tarn from Grasmere
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