Wansfell from Troutbeck

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

1597′. The popularity of Wansfell lies from its proximity to Ambleside and Windermere, a direct ascent from the former the most common route up. However 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