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Climbing Wansfell Pike

April 19, 2014

Catbells and Wansfell Pike 017A very beautiful day of clear and unbroken blue sky. We climbed Wansfell Pike from Church Bridge just below the village of Troutbeck, taking the bridleway from the churchyard to Troutbeck itself, before climbing up the steep and rocky Nanny’s Lane to Catbells and Wansfell Pike 018the edge of the sheep grazing known as the Hundreds and then up the winding path to Wansfell Pike itself.

I have been up Wansfell Pike on several occasions, but always from Ambleside, either straight up via Stock Ghyll Force or along the track by Skelghyll and Jenkin Crag.  This was the first time I had gone up from Troutbeck. But this route is quite delightful, offering wonderful views across to the head of the Garburn Pass and the western summits of the Kentmere Horsehoe.

The joy of Wansfell Pike, modest height though it is, is that it offers a near clear view right down the length of Windermere. It was certainly clear on this day, its waters being a vivid blue. We were fortunate that, on this usually busy top, we had it to ourselves. Only after we had left did the crowds begin to arrive.

We followed the ridge to the very top of Wansfell itself, some few feet higher than the Pike – and the true Wainwright if you are collecting them.

Back then to the head of Nanny’s Lane and across boggier moorland to the top of Hundreds Road – a track. Here there is a beautiful little waterfall where I have often halted for a break in previous years.Catbells and Wansfell Pike 022

Down Hundreds Road to another Catbells and Wansfell Pike 026ancient trackway – Robin’s Lane – a path I hadn’t used before, though I ought to have done as it is utterly charming with some very fine views over the Troutbeck Valley and the fells above Kentmere.Catbells and Wansfell Pike 030

Back then down to Troutbeck – one of Lakeland’s most idyllic villages.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2014 6:24 pm

    I don’t like that ascent as much as the one from Ambleside because I find it a really long climb so I always descend that way after climbing up via Skelghyll Force from Ambleside. I then go down Nanny Lane and back round the track under Wansfell to Ambleside again. Troutbeck churchyard is beautiful isn’t it? 🙂

  2. April 20, 2014 6:43 am

    And a lot of birds live in the churchyard.

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