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Bright blue skies over rolling green hills with a few darker green trees dotted across the landscape and scattered farm buildings nestling in the clefts of the hills.
Troutbeck Valley in the Lake District | © National Trust/Paul Harris
Lake District

Townend and Troutbeck Valley walk

Explore classic Lake District scenery, farmland and architecture on this circular walk from Brockhole, near Lake Windermere, up into the Troutbeck Valley to the 17th-century farmhouse, Townend. On the way you will be rewarded with views of the surrounding fells and Lake Windermere, as well as spotting wildlife and unique local architecture along the way.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Brockhole visitor centre, grid ref NY390010

Step 1

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).

Step 2

Cross the road carefully and follow the track, Wain Lane, up towards Middlerigg Tarn.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Visitors walking towards the house at Townend, Lake District
Visitors walking towards the house at Townend | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Step 5

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

Step 6

Follow Robin Lane, which will be joined by a bridleway on the left. Continue for 328yds (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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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

End point

Brockhole visitor centre, grid ref NY390010

Trail map

Townend and Troutbeck walk map
Townend and Troutbeck walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Ambleside to Troutbeck walk 

From Ambleside go on a circular discovery walk through country lanes, woods and fields. Along the way enjoy views of Lake Windermere, visit Troutbeck village and Townend farmhouse, and climb up to Wansfell Pike for great views of the fells.

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