The secluded charm of Troutbeck Village
The village of Troutbeck is a collection of tiny hamlets strung out for about one and a half miles along the old valley road.
Troutbeck is a truly unique village, full of vernacular architecture in an unspoilt valley setting. It’s very close to Windermere and Ambleside, but you feel miles away from it all.
Troutbeck is a close knit community, where nearly everyone knows each other, and village events are well attended. Have a look on the village association website for more information and upcoming village events.
In the bottom of the valley, along the Kirkstone Pass road is Jesus Church where the Browne family went to church.
Ben Browne wanted people to think that the Brownes were an important family. He had done well in growing the farm, and he was the High Constable of Kendal which was an important role in the local community. In 1710 he put his own pew in Troutbeck Church.
This made the people in the village very angry, so one night they broke into the church, ripped out the pew and burnt it!
Today, you can admire the stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris.
Beatrix Potter enjoyed walking in Troutbeck valley, and wrote about it: 'I loved to wander on the Troutbeck Fell… more often I went alone. But never lonely. There was always the company of gentle sheep, and wild flowers, and singing waters.'
When Woodrow Wilson, the American president visited the Lake District, he stayed in Rydal. He climbed Wansfell from Ambleside, visited Townend and walked back. He was so impressed with Townend, that he wanted to buy it!
You can discover Troutbeck village using one of the Women’s Institute self guided walks, available from the ticket seller at Townend. Or why not download one of our walking trails and explore a little further?