It was pouring with rain as we set off to travel up the M6 to the Lake District. But the band of rain was moving south and we were heading north. By the time we reached Ambleside the rain had stopped but it was still overcast.
Boots on, we left Ambleside to follow the signs ‘ to the waterfalls’ and walked alongside Stockghyll, the waterfalls were quite impressive after the rain of the past few days.
We emerged onto a lane via a revolving gate and headed up the lane for a few hundred yards before climbing a stile on out right to follow signs for Wansfell Pike and Troutbeck.
We now had a steep climb to the summit of Wansfell Pike at 1588 ft (484m) The path seemed to get steeper as we got nearer to the top but we were rewarded with fine views looking back over Ambleside.
We could see the whole route of the classic Fairfield Horseshoe with just a few patches of snow on the tops
The way was getting tough and I was at the back of the group. My excuse was that I kept stopping to take photos, but the reality was that I was knackered!
The views from the top were worth all the effort. The cloud was lifting and to the west we could make out the Langdale Pikes and Crinkle Crags.
We now headed NE along the ridge towards Baystones, also known as Wansfell, 1601ft (488m). Although it is 15 ft higher than Wansfell Pike Wainwright did not class it as one of ‘his fells’ merely as a lump along the ridge. I had not done this section before and I found it interesting if rather boggy.
The summit of Baystones is crowned with a small cairn and we paused here to take photos.
It was very windy and cold. I was forced to put on my ‘Deputy Dog’ hat that made me look ridiculous but at least my ears were warm.
We now headed SE to descend along a grassy path to reach the walled Nanny Lane which we followed down to Troutbeck.
Just before reaching the village we paused by a farm to watch the farmer working his sheepdogs to herd his flock into pens.
We reached the road and stopped for a drink. The farmer came out and asked us to stand back as he was about to move his sheep. Next minute the sheep appeared and raced off down the road accompanied by the sheepdogs and with the farmer in hot pursuit on his quad bike. The sheep had quite a turn of speed but I managed to get a photo that I called ‘Wool on the run’
We followed down the road as far as the Post Office where we turned right along Robin Lane.
At a kissing gate we forked left towards Skelghyll and Jenkin Crag.To our left lay Lake Windermere but to get the best view we had to make a short detour to Jenkin Crag
From the crag we descended through the woods to reach a minor road which led us back to Ambleside and the tea shops.
8 miles and 2200 feet of ascent. A good stretch of the legs.
As we headed back towards the motorway we had clear blue skies and the low, sun was lighting up the Howgills ahead of us. Ideas for another walk. Possibly.