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A circular walk from Ambleside to Troutbeck over Wansfelll
distance 7.02 miles : time 3 hr

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The Queen's Head Hotel
Queens Head Troutbeck

This is an easy walk to navigate. From Ambleside there is initially a gentle climb overlooking the town. Some stamina is then required in the ascent to Wansfell Pike. Here there are panoramic views over Windermere and the surrounding fells. Thereafter there is a steady descent across grassy moorland to Nanny Lane and then on further into Troutbeck. Two hostelries are available: The Mortal Man Hotel and The Queen's Head Hotel. The latter is a 17th cent. coaching inn offering open fires and a wide selection of local ales. The walk back to Ambleside is straightforward. The path goes along Robin Lane to High Skeighyll and then alongside Jenkin's Crag where a lovely view of Windermere is seen. The walk ends as it began at the car park in Ambleside.
map walk Ambleside Troutbeck

The walk starts at the rear of the car park. Turn left along Old Lake Road and then right up Fisher Beck Lane. Turn left at the top to find the track. A gentle climb now ensues alongside the stone wall with views over Ambleside. (A start from the north side of Ambleside is possible alternative). The two path meet at the stone steps leading up to Wansfell Pike. This is quite a steep climb to the top. (65 min)

After resting to admire the views continue over the stile bearing slightly left. There is now a steady descent over grassy moorland to Nanny Lane. Turn right along the lane and continue to the road. Turn left for the Mortal Man or take the FP immediately on the right and walk down to the A592. Turn left along the road for the Queen's Head. (60 min)

From the Queen's Head retrace the path along the A592 taking the second FP on the right. Go straight through the footpath junction up to the top road. Walk along the road to the Post Office and continue along Robin Lane; the path is now straightforward to High Skeighyll. (45 min)

Follow the bridle way to Jenkin's Crag where there are beautiful views over Windermere to be had. The path continues through pine woods and emerges at Old Lake Road. Turn right for the car park. (35 min)
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