Wansfell Pike in Snow

Name of walk Wansfell Pike in Snow
Date of walk 2012-02-08
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather Hazy on the summit
Peaks on walk Wansfell and Wansfell Pike
Walked with On own
Parking Road beside the church.

On Wednesday I drove to Troutbeck, parking on the roadside on the left of the church, in order to walk over to Ambleside to do some shopping. I would then return to Troutbeck over Wansfell (1579ft) and Wansfell Pike (1581ft). A walk of seven and a quarter miles. When I arrived in Troutbeck the car thermometer said -7C…..a bit nippy!

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Jesus Church Troutbeck.

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The churchyard War Memorial.

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The Robin Lane path to Ambleside is just to the left of the Post Office.

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Troutbeck, and the Garburn Pass to Yoke/Kentmere leading up the mountainside . The north west of Cumbria may now be devoid of snow but the south isn`t.

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First view out to Lake Windermere.

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Close-up

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Most of the snow had turned to ice underfoot, so I wore my trusty microspikes.

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The cloud is down over the mountains.

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Heading for Skelgill Farm.

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Skelgill Wood.

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View from Jenkin`s Crag.

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Looking down on Waterhead which I will visit later. It was at this point I met a group of about 30-40 rambling pensioners on a walk to Troutbeck. I pointed out the ice risk, especially on the rocky climb through the Wood, but they could avoid the worst by keeping away from the paths. As long as they try to tread where no man has trod before they should be okay! Apologies to Captain Kirk!

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Nice weather for sheep!

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The path comes out near Hayes Garden Centre, my first point of call to buy some seeds.

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View down the lake from Waterhead.

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I stop at The Glasshouse for a coffee and a read of the paper before having a look around the shops.

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Then I head off behind Barclays Bank for the road to Stock Ghyll Wood.

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Stock Ghyll.

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Stock Ghyll Waterfall.

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No one was around, the paths through the woods were too icy, the same goes for the path up to Wansfell.....I saw no one until the summit.

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...apart from this chap!

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The blue sky didn`t last for long. But it was quite warm and I needed to take my coat off until I reached the summit and the cold winds.

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Looking up to the Kirkstone Pass.

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Looking down on Ambleside. It was getting hazier as I got higher.

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Summit view from Wansfell. There was one other person on the summit. We walked and chatted together on route to Wansfell Pike summit.

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Wansfell Pike summit. The artist Terry Moore http://www.terrymoorefineart.co.uk. took this photo.

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He heads off north in the direction of the road where he had parked his car. Red Screes, Caudale Moor and Thornthwaite Crag ahead.

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View back to Wansfell.

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I head south down the fellside until I reach Nanny Lane, this then leads all the way back to Troutbeck.

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Slippery!

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Looking over the houses of Troutbeck.

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I follow the road back to my car.

An easy walk and very quiet this time of year. A pity it was so dull and hazy on the summits.
Jo.
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