Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck

Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria

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Townend house and garden in spring © National Trust

Townend house and garden in spring

view over Windermere © National Trust / CvH

view over Windermere

Miles from nowhere © National Trust / CvH

Miles from nowhere

The view is worth the climb © National Trust / CvH

The view is worth the climb

Feel like you are on top of the world on Wansfell Ridge © National Trust / CvH

Feel like you are on top of the world on Wansfell Ridge

A day out on the fells © National Trust / CvH

A day out on the fells

a place for quiet contemplation © National Trust / CvH

a place for quiet contemplation

Route overview

After a visit to Townend, follow old tracks and footpaths up to the top of Wansfell, for outstanding views over Windermere and Ambleside. Following the ridge of Wansfell, leave the tourists behind for views over the Kirkstone pass before heading down to old Nanny Lane and Troutbeck village.

Route details

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Map of a circular walk up Wansfell from Troutbeck
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Church Bridge, Troutbeck, grid ref: NY412026

  1. From Church Bridge car park and bus stop, turn right and take the footpath along the A592 towards Windermere. At the next footbridge turn right across the field, crossing Troutbeck stream to reach Bridge Lane. At Bridge Lane turn right to Townend, on the corner of the road junction

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    A traditional lakeland farmhouse, home of the Browne family for over 400 years. Discover how a well-to-do family made this farm their home and admire the woodcarvings, domestic items and amazing library.

    Townend house and garden in spring © National Trust
  2. After visiting Townend, go right onto Holbeck Lane, past Townend car park. Take the first path to your right which joins Robin Lane. Turn left on Robin Lane.

    Show/HideRobin Lane Pillar

    Just to the right of the path is a stone column, which can be reached through a kissing gate. Make a short detour to admire the views from here. The pillar is one of a series, each one just within sight of the next. They were probably built to carry the survey instruments for the building of the Thirlmere to the Manchester aquaduct around 1895.

    view over Windermere © National Trust / CvH
  3. At the kissing gate, bear right onto the Right of Way onto Hundreds Road, past the waterfall on the left. Continue along the path following National Trust signs towards Nanny Lane.

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    The area called 'The Hundreds' was once part of the ancient forest of Troutbeck. The area consisted of an upper, middle and lower Hundred. A Hundred is an area of land, and can be divided into 100 cattels. A cattel is a space big enough to graze five animals. The Brownes of Townend originally had five cattels.

    Miles from nowhere © National Trust / CvH
  4. Just before reaching Nanny Lane, turn left for the ascent to Wansfell Pike, with superb views of Ambleside and the surrounding fells

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    The view is well worth the climb

    The view is worth the climb © National Trust / CvH
  5. Leaving the pike, return through the gate and follow the path initially along the wall side on the summit until you reach the marked summit cairn of Wansfell.

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    You will feel like you are on top of the world at the summit cairn on Wansfell Ridge

    Feel like you are on top of the world on Wansfell Ridge © National Trust / CvH
  6. From the summit, turn sharp right and follow the footpath down towards Troutbeck. Climb the stile over the wall to join Nanny Lane. On the lane go right, down to the village of Troutbeck

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    Enjoy the walk downhill back to Troutbeck.

    A day out on the fells © National Trust / CvH
  7. When you reach the road in Troutbeck, turn right, and almost immediately turn left onto a small lane. Where it meets a small road, turn left and soon after turn right onto a lane, which becomes a footpath, back to Jesus Church

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    The church has some spectacular stained glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. The origin of this Church is lost, but it certainly existed in 1506. The whole Church was dismantled and rebuilt in 1736.

    a place for quiet contemplation © National Trust / CvH

End: Jesus Church / Church Bridge, Troutbeck, grid ref: NY412026

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Hard
  • Distance: 6.3 miles (10km)
  • Time: 4 hours to 5 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 97
  • Terrain:

    A walk on country lanes and footpaths through fields. Some of the trail is on rocky and uneven ground, or can be muddy in places.

  • How to get here:

    By bus: Summer bus service 517 stops at Troutbeck Jesus Church

    By train: Nearest train station Windermere, then bus

    By car: Park next to Church Bridge, Troutbeck along the A592

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