Wansfell Pike in Snow

Name of walk Wansfell Pike in Snow
Date of walk 2010-02-16

Yesterday we drove to Troutbeck, parking by the church (bottom right on the yellow road with the 2 arrows). Walking to Ambleside via Skelghyll Wood, doing some shopping and having some lunch, then returning over Wansfell Pike. A walk of over 7 miles. This is a walk I have done before, but parking free in Troutbeck is preferable to £7 in Ambleside!

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Once again it was supposed to be good visibility...... but not in areas of hill fog, and we had hill fog! There was also a chance of snow. There was none on the way along Windermere, but as soon as we turned off for Troutbeck the landscape turned white. We headed for the Post Office and turned off up Robin Lane. Looking down on a snowy Troutbeck with Yoke and the Garburn Pass beyond in cloud.

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The sheep were surprised to see us!

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Hmmm....not much view as we make for the farm.

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Skelghyll Farm

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This should be a wonderful vista of Windermere and the Low Wood Hotel.....Grrrr!

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We walk through Skeghyll Wood. We take a detour to admire the non existant view from Jenkins Crag and continue on to Ambleside.

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The route takes you out opposite Hayes Garden Center. We head down to Waterhead

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The jetties at Waterhead.

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We took a walk in the park.

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View down the length of Windermere.

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We looked round the shops and had lunch at Lucy`s. Well, actually I just had a piece of Coffee and Walnut Cake with my Latte, but it was big enough to be lunch! I ran in to Elizabeth Moreton (former Thorncliffe DT teacher and Manic's keyboardplayer) in Gaynors. She looked really well and is still enjoying retirement, we talked shop for a bit....she sends regards to Brian and Dave B. After shopping we headed up Stock Ghyll.

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Stock Ghyll waterfall.

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Bits of blue in the sky! Maybe we`ll get a view on the top!

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Mist was still in the valley as we made our way up the fellside.

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The sun actually came out!

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It was warm too as there was no wind at all, so coats were off.

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The sun didn`t last. Still misty below. The snow was quite deep too.

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We could see the top. We put our Microspikes on as ice was starting to appear as it got steeper and higher.

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Wansfell Pike summit.....no view!

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As we headed down the other side of Wansfell Pike Windermere would occasionally appear out of the mist.

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Close up of Windermere.

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The summit was now out of the clouds and blue skies appeared.

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Heading for Nanny Lane and looking across to Yoke.

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Looking up Nanny Lane.

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Looking down Nanny Lane which leads all the way back to Troutbeck.

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Back in Troutbeck there are some old wells along the roadside. This is James` Well.

Pity about the lack of views! We will have to do this all over again on a better day. Today would have been ideal, clear blue skies and sunshine! Grrrr!
Jo.
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