Troutbeck Tongue with Ness

Name of walk Troutbeck Tongue with Ness
Date of walk 2016-06-24
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 3 hours 50 minutes
Weather showers and sunshine
Peaks on walk Troutbeck Tongue
Walked with Ness
Parking Lay-by north of The Queens Head

My sister, Ness was visiting for a long weekend, so on Friday we did her third Wainwright mountain, Troutbeck Tongue. It is an easy valley walk and a gentle ascent up the back of The Tongue, leaving the steep bit for the descent. We parked near Town Head in a small lay-by just north of the Queens Head pub, which is still closed after a fire.

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View down Ing Lane towards Troutbeck Tongue.

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Ness in full waterproofs as it had been pouring down since just after leaving the car.

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Troutback Tongue in the middle.

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The stile with no fence. We head up the field towards the wall gate, and avoid the farm.

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Looking back as we make for the gate.

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The track up the valley. Froswick and Ill Bell on the right.

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Sunshine and a bit of blue sky.

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I remembered the password so they let us through.

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We now take the track that leads gently up to the back of Troutbeck Tongue.

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A cute sheep.

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View back down the track and the valley.

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Looking across to the side of ill Bell at a mine entrance and old quarry buildings.

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View into Threshthwaite Mouth. Stony Cove Pike on the left and Thornthwaite Crag and Froswick on the right.

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Ness on the summit of Troutbeck Tongue with Lake Windermere beyond.

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Selfie.

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We head down the front following the well-worn path.

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Close-up of Windermere.

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Looking down on the farm.

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Looking back up.

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The final grass section through the bracken that leads back down to the main track seen below. The final 10m is a bit boggy.

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Once back on the main track we detour to the footbridge over Hagg Gill for a rest. Ness wasn't too keen on the descent route, but it was still easy!

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The footbridge. We then retrace our steps back to the car. It rained again on our walk back. I will be glad when the Queen's Head is open again and can provide weary walkers with coffee and cake!

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We head directly back to the car and go into Ambleside in search of coffee and cake and some more of the Go Herdwick sheep. Rosemaaaary, the Souper Ewe by David Penn, outside the Smallwood Hotel.

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Nettie by Helen Smith, in Gaynor Sports window.

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One decision that doesn't require a referendum!

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I thought a penguin would make a nice break from endless sheep!

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Ewegene by The Lakes School, in OCG Arts.

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Woolly Ambler by Robert Bellett in the window of The Hub. I saw a couple of others, but they were also in shop windows and reflections make them difficult to photograph.

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Bridge House was built over Stock Ghyll more than 300 years ago, probably as a summer house and apple store for Ambleside Hall. It was purchased by local people in 1926 and given to the National Trust.

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It consists of two rooms. Inside the top room.

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St. Mary's Church. It has a 32 hundred weight tenor bell, the biggest in Cumbria.

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Ewe of the Bay by Bryoney Fawn, outside the Regent Hotel.

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The 'Go Herdwick' Calvert Trust Public Art Trail now has a 'Hide and Seek Lamb Trail' too. 50 lambs are spread over two trails one in Keswick and one in Windermere and Bowness. Rumour has it that it is just for small children.....Ha! Like I'm gonna take any notice of that! (It has stickers too!)

This easy walk was 6.5 miles and took under four hours.

Jo.

 

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