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Wansfell - 7th October 2012

6-mile walk with 1,800 feet of ascent taking under 4 hours

 

As the property we were staying at was called "Wansfell" and was located at the Sweden Bridge end of Ambleside, it was appropriate that out first walk of the 2012 "campaign" should be Wansfell.
The Wansfell walk is noted for its panoramic views over Ambleside and Lake Windermere as well as good views over Troutbeck. The trail starts in Central Ambleside and climbs via a roadway until the road peters out and is replaced by a gravel hiking trail. After a short while the trail goes off to the right with a steep climb to Wansfell at 1,581 feet. Here there was a chill wind so we stopped only briefly to admire the view over Lake Windermere. The path drops down from Wansfell descending esatwards towards Troutbeck over gently undulating land. An enclosed trackway is soon reached (Nanny Lane) which drops down to the roadway. To the left along this road is The Mortal Man pub, and to the right is the Post Office where it is possible to get a tea or a coffee. From the Post Office is a bridleway, Robin Lane, which contours round towards Ambleside, passing through High Skelghyll Farm. Even though the track is quite low down, there are still good views over Lake Windermere.

 

"Wansfell" .. our base for the two weeks

Start of the uphill section to Wansfell with Lesley leading Tony, Sue and Jim

View over Ambleside

Jim, Tony and Lesley

At the top.... Tony, Jim, Lesley & Sue

Tony, Jim, Lesley, Sue & Mick

Sue, with Lake Windermere in the background

An alternative route avoiding Troutbeck

Sue

The Mortal Man pub

 

Libations at the Mortal man

View over Windermere on the way back

A couple of old blokes resting

 

High Skelghyll Farm

 

View towards Loughrigg Fell