Wansfell - Lake District Walk

Thursday 18th October 2007

We were heading home today so we opted for a walk on one of the lower fells. As John was going to be doing his 200th Birkett top today he chose to do Wansfell and Wansfell Pike, a walk that I last did in thick mist so it was a real joy to return and do it with clear skies and great views.

Start: Rydal Road car park, Ambleside (NY 3746 0468)

Route: Rydal Road car park - Stockghyll Force - Wansfell Pike - Wansfell - Nanny Lane - Troutbeck - Robin Lane - Skelghyll Wood - Rydal Road car park

Distance: 7.75 miles     Ascent: 643 metres      Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: A bright day.

Pub Visited: Royal Oak, Ambleside    Ale Drunk: Thirst Run, Keswick Brewing Company

Route Map >>


Stockghyll's lower falls

A slight diversion at the start took us to Stockghyll Falls.

Stockghyll Falls

Stockghyll Falls.

Coniston Fells

Looking across to the Coniston Fells as we start to climb up to Wansfell Pike.


Looking across Lingmoor Fell towards Bowfell and the Langdales.


Scafell and Scafell Pike seen either side of Bowfell.


Looking down on Ambleside from Wansfell Pike's summit.

Fairfield Horseshoe

Looking across to the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Red Screes

Red Screes.


Windermere from Wansfell Pike's summit.


Looking along the ridge we would follow to Wansfell' s true summit with the Yoke to Thornthwaite Crag ridge behind.

Wansfell Pike

Looking back towards Wansfell Pike. The path to Wansfell Pike had been extremely busy but only one or two people followed our route across to Wansfell's summit, instead they headed straight down to Nanny lane.

Kirkstone Pass

Kirkstone Pass with Place Fell visible.

Wansfell Pike

Wansfell Pike from Wansfell's summit.

Red Screes

Red Screes from Wansfell.

Threshthwaite Mouth

Threshthwaite Mouth and Caudale Moor.

Thornthwaite Beacon

Thornthwaite Beacon.

Southern Fells

Great Gable is now visible in the distance.

Sallows & Sour Howes

Sallows and Sour Howes.

Nanny Lane

Nanny Lane.

Sour Howes

Sour Howes from the bottom of Nanny Lane.


Windermere from Robin Lane.




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