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A walking path leading to Troutbeck village, Cumbria, with a stone wall on one side and fields and hills beyond.
A walking path leading to Troutbeck village | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Lake District

Wansfell from Troutbeck walk

Follow this challenging circular trail along old tracks and footpaths from Troutbeck. You're rewarded with outstanding views over Windermere and Ambleside from the top of Wansfell.

Explore Wansfell Ridge

Following the ridge of Wansfell, leave the tourists behind for views over Kirkstone Pass before heading down into Troutbeck village.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Jesus Church, Troutbeck, grid ref: NY412027

Step 1

From Jesus Church bus stop, follow the narrow Green Gate Lane going west into Troutbeck village. At the top of this lane is Troutbeck tea-room. Turn left here and follow the road through the village for around 1km until you reach Townend on your right.

Step 2

Stay right to stay on Holbeck Lane and head past Townend car park. Take the first path to your right, Fell Lane, and at the end turn left onto Hundreds Road.

Step 3

Continue on Hundreds Road, past a waterfall on the left. Carry on along the path following National Trust signs towards Nanny Lane.

Step 4

Just before reaching Nanny Lane, turn left and walk up to Wansfell Pike, which has superb views of Ambleside and the surrounding fells.

Step 5

Leave the pike through the gate. Follow the north-east path along the wall side of the summit until you reach the marked summit cairn of Wansfell.

Step 6

From the summit of Wansfell Ridge, take a sharp right and follow the footpath south for about 2km down into Troutbeck.

Step 7

When you reach the road in Troutbeck, turn right and almost immediately turn left onto a small lane. Where that lane meets a small road, turn left and soon after turn right onto another lane, which then becomes a footpath back to Jesus Church.

End point

Jesus Church, Troutbeck, grid ref: NY412027

Trail map

Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck map
Circular walk over Wansfell from Troutbeck | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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