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Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell


A discovery walk from Ambleside to Troutbeck along tracks and lanes through woods and fields.

In Troutbeck why not visit Townend?

Visit the atmospheric Townend farmhouse and return to Ambleside via a more challenging route over Wansfell Pike. From Wansfell you will get great views over the surrounding fells.

Townend in Troutbeck Village
Combine your walk with a wander around Stagshaw Gardens National Trust Images / Robert Morris


Map route for Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Market cross, central Ambleside, grid ref: NY376044


From the Market Cross in Ambleside, follow the A591 towards Windermere, out of the town along Lake Road and take the Old Lake Road on the left. After a big car park there is a small road to the left, signposted to 'Jenkins Crag, Skelghyll and Troutbeck (bridleway)'.


Follow the signposts on this path through Skelghyll woods, past Jenkins Crag, where you can make a short detour to admire the view. Follow the path through the woods to High Skelghyll farm.

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Go across the farmyard at High Skelghyll, following the signposted footpath. At the crossing of paths at High Skelghyll, follow the public bridleway to Troutbeck. This path turns left just across the bridge, through a gate, and goes uphill. At the end of this path, cross the stile onto Robin Lane.


Follow the gravelled track that is Robin Lane, past the pillar, to Troutbeck Post Office.

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From the post office you can visit Townend. Turn right and follow the road. Townend is on the right, at the road junction.

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For the return leg of the walk, return to the Post Office, and continue on the road into Troutbeck village. Between two houses, near the Mortal Man Inn, is a footpath, on the left, up Nanny Lane to Wansfell. The names of the roads and the pubs have a story to tell in themselves.


The gravelled track steadily climbs. Take the footpath to the left, and proceed uphill to reach the summit of Wansfell Pike, with superb views over Ambleside and the surrounding fells. From the summit take the steep path down to Ambleside, until you meet the road.

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Turn left on the road. Take the road marked 'Styrigg' on the left, and follow the footpath back to the centre of Ambleside.

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Market cross, central Ambleside, grid ref: NY376044

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Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell


A lovely walk along country lanes, tracks and footpaths. Some of the walk is on uneven and rocky ground, and can be muddy, but is a great alternative discovery walk.

Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell

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Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell

How to get here

Ambleside, Cumbria
By train

Nearest train station Windermere, then bus to Ambleside.

By road

SatNav: LA22 9DP.

By bus

Many local buses from Kendal, Windermere, Bowness, Grasmere, and Keswick.

Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell

Facilities and access

  • Second-hand books, plants and souvenirs available at Townend