Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck

Walking trail

THIS TRAIL WAS CREATED BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AND MAY NOT REFLECT THE CURRENT SITUATION. PLEASE CHECK THE TOWNEND HOMEPAGE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING. 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


Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck map


Church Bridge, Troutbeck, grid ref: NY412026


From Church Bridge parking and bus stop, follow the narrow lane going west up the steep hill and into Troutbeck village. At the top of this lane is Troutbeck Café and Shop which is usually open for hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunches. Turn left here and follow the road through the village for around 1km until you reach Townend on your right.

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Townend in Troutbeck Village


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