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Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck


After a visit to Townend, follow old tracks and footpaths up to the top of Wansfell, for outstanding views over Windermere and Ambleside.

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

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.

Troutbeck Valley
Troutbeck is a peaceful and tranquil valley John Edmondson


Map route for circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Church Bridge, Troutbeck, grid ref: NY412026


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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Townend in Troutbeck Village
Combine your walk with a visit to Townend farmhouse National Trust Images / Matthew Antrobus


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.

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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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Just before reaching Nanny Lane, turn left for the ascent to Wansfell Pike, with superb views of Ambleside and the surrounding fells.


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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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.


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

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Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck


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.

Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck

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Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck

How to get here

Ambleside, Cumbria
By train

Nearest train station Windermere, then bus to Ambleside.

By road

Park next to Church Bridge, Troutbeck along the A592.

By bus

Summer bus service 517 stops at Troutbeck Jesus Church.

Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck

Facilities and access

  • Designated mobility car park spaces and drop-off point in Townend