Walk Title: Wansfell from Ambleside
Meeting Point: Outside Ambleside Tourist Information Centre opposite Market Cross
Meeting Time: 09:45
Start Time: 10:00
Finish Time: 14:30 approx
Car Parking/Public Transport: Plenty of pay and display options in the town centre. Bus Service: Ambleside is served by the 599 (every 20 mins) between Grasmere and Bowness and 555 services (every hour) between Keswick and Kendal for those able to take advantage of it.
Rating: Leisurely (with only gradual climb, but a steep descent)
Ascent: 1600 ft approx
Miles: 7.5 miles
Terrain: Easy, on a combination of rocky/grassy paths, and country roads, with a section of pathless tussocky quite wet grassy terrain on approach to summit.
A circular trip taking in the gentle Wansfell overlooking Windermere and Troutbeck Valley and the green and wooded low countryside inbetween.
Walking through Ambleside we make our way along Old Lake Road and follow a pleasant path climbing through Skelghyll Woods past Jenkin Crag and emerge at High Skelghyll with views back to Lake Windermere. Maintaining a high traverse we continue along Robin Lane and then descend into the historic village of Troutbeck. A long linear village comprised of no less than 6 settlements, we walk along the ‘village road’ passing the old Post Office – now a cafe and village shop. Before reaching High Green we meet Nanny Lane, and make our way up it (often wet), and climb gradually towards Wansfell Pike the true summit of ‘Wansfell’. Once we reach the summit, we traverse the mile ridge to the better viewpoint of ‘Wansfell’ – which only than on the worse days has excellent views to Lake Windermere, and west into the central fells – with Ambleside in perfect picture view. On a clear summers day its a place to slumber..and enjoy lunch. Its then a steep but easy descent down to Ambleside, via the waterfalls of Stockghyll Force – though not in there autumn splendour – whatever the time of year are always impressive. We can then take advantage of the many places that offer refreshments in Ambleside.
Preparation: Though a relatively easy walk and classed as leisurely (given the nature of the walk and the time of year), Wansfell is an exposed peak, and can be windswept by the vagaries of any wind and rain – so always come prepared! Raincoats and factor 50 both at the ready!
Please contact Damian on 07796554031 by 6pm Saturday 14 July.
The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel walk dependent on conditions