Townend and Troutbeck Valley walk

Walking trail

Uncover classic Lakeland scenery, farmland and architecture on this beautiful circular walk from Brockhole, near Lake Windermere, up into the Troutbeck Valley and to the charming and unique 17th-century farmhouse, Townend. On the way you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding fells and Lake Windermere, diverse wildlife and some charming local architecture.

A view of Townend, Cumbria from the front gate


Map route for Townend and Troutbeck Valley Walk


Brockhole Visitor Centre, grid ref NY390010


Leave Brockhole, turn right and walk along the footpath beside the A591 until you see a bridleway on the opposite side of the road. Here you can see old St Andrews Chapel (now used as offices). It was built in 1913 by a family who lived nearby, so that their staff would not be away from their duties for too long by going to church in Bowness.


Cross the road carefully and follow the track up towards Middlerigg Tarn. This track is known as Wain Lane. It's a 10th-century cart lane and was used by packhorses to bring slate from Troutbeck down to the lake where it could be transported by boat.


Follow the track past the tarn and continue along it as it veers to the left. You can see the route of the aqueduct along Wain Lane. Look out for single iron gates supported by sandstone pillars, which were used for access.

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When the track meets a road, turn right. This will take you into Troutbeck village. You'll see Townend House to the left of the next T-junction along the road.

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Continue along the village road past the barns and interesting houses and up towards the post office. Turn left here.


Follow Robin Lane, which will be joined by a bridleway on the left. Continue for 328yd (300m) and then turn left opposite a pillar on the right. This is an excellent spot for a view of Windermere, England's largest lake.

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On entering the lane turn first left over a stile and follow the track down to a road. Cross over to Mirk Lane which is directly opposite.


Walk along Mirk Lane back down towards the A591. Carefully cross the road again to return to Brockhole.



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Townend and Troutbeck Valley walk


The walk will take you across country roads, bridleways, footpaths and a busy main road. The terrain can be uneven and muddy after wet weather. Walking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

Townend and Troutbeck Valley walk

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Townend and Troutbeck Valley walk

How to get here

Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB
By train

Windermere, 2.5 miles (4km) from Brockhole

By road

Regular bus services from Windermere and Ambleside

By bus

 Regular bus services from Windermere and Ambleside

Townend and Troutbeck Valley walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome