Ambleside and Troutbeck via Wansfell

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Lake District National Park

Ambleside and Troutbeck via Wansfell is a 7.4 mile loop trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

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Ambleside is the start of many a fine walk and consequently it has one of the highest concentrations of outdoor gear shops anywhere in the country! This walk over Wansfell Pike to Troutbeck and return via Skelghyll is justifiably one of the most popular. Done clockwise it is steep on the ascent and gentle on the descent. Leaving town by the lane behind the Salutation Hotel the Stockghyll Waterfalls can be visited. A lower footbridge can be crossed to the northern side, returning via a higher bridge to resume the walk up the lane. Even after rain this is virtually a dry route on account of the maintenance of the paths to cope with the wear and tear by the many feet. Wansfell Pike is a fine viewpoint over Windermere and to the more distant fells of Coniston. The Mortal Man pub lies in the linear village of Troutbeck along which are three "wells/drinking troughs" dedicated to St. Margaret, St. James and St. John. Lunch was taken at the 'Pillar' in a field alongside Robin Lane. Views of Windermere continue along the tracks to Skelghyll and Jenkins Crag. In Skelghyll Woods is 'The Grand Fir', which stands 58m (190ft) high. It was planted in 1860 and has been crowned 'The Tallest Tree in Cumbria', 'The Tallest Grand Fir in England' and is in the top six tallest trees in England. To compare - Nelson's Column is 169ft. The return is via the delights of Waterhead, Borrans Park and Galava Roman Fort. The Rothay is crossed at a footbridge dedicated to the memory of Bronwen Nixon who was the owner of the Rothey Manor Hotel and who was murdered by a chief at the hotel on January 9th 1986.

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Steve Barker
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Goof , definitely do it again

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Sidney Yates
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good walk, very sketchy coming down wansfell path completely iced over

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Joel Brown
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Challenging ascent but worth it for the views once the cloud cleared a little. Worth pointing out the descent can be pretty dicey if there has been snow.

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Michael Tormey
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Really great hike!! Just be warned—the summit was VERY windy!! Didn’t make it very pleasant to stay on top but the views are beautiful.

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Rachel Atcheson
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Greg Short
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easy as hell even Robby hodgey could do this

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Marc Swann
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hannah smallshaw
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Siqi Liu
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Marek & James
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Jessie Jessie
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Dog friendly (big dog). The initial bit was a steepish climb followed by a stone step descent. Brillient cñ

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Valerie Metcalfe
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Great

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Nas User
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Ciara Heaton
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Carla Hooper
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Absolutely loved this trail. Some parts where steep to climb but the absolutely amazing views made up for it! Will definitely be doing it again!

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Carol Fulton
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Hard work up and down particularly in the heat but amazing views

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Gabriella Baronello
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Rocky

Fantastic walk with stunning views. The first 2-3km are steep but after that the trail levels outs. Lovely little pub at the halfway point. Highly recommended.

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Sorsha Harney
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Awful weather but still went for it. Very windy, icy and dangerous at the top. Would be lovely on a clear day, so save it for good conditions!

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Alex Murray
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Brilliant trail with excellent views, very windy at the top!

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Alex Murray
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Colin Wilson
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Stunning views of Lake Windermere from top.

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James Clothier
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Lovely walk, taking four hours with regular stops to rest. Did it with my eight year old who loved it.

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Joseph mccandless
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Colin Wilson
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Kieran Hart
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Jamie Ward
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Jack Kirk
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