|Walk:||Troutbeck, Longmire Road, Long Green Head, Troutbeck Tongue, Troutbeck Park, Ing Bridge, Troutbeck|
|Start Point:||Church Bridge, Troutbeck||Grid Ref:||NY 412 026|
|Distance:||7 miles||Ascent:||1,340 feet|
|Weather:||A cold day with short hail showers and some sunny spells|
Marie, Gill, Andrea and Shep
|Comments:||With wintry weather forecast for the afternoon it was a good day for a reasonably short low level walk. After walking past The Howe we joined the Longmire Road to head for the footbridge just after Lowther Brow. There were good views of The Tongue ahead of us and to our right we could clearly see Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag, all dusted with a covering of snow. It was pleasing to see a clear path heading up the South end of The Tongue as there are no paths marked on the OS map. With a couple of very steep sections and a rocky outcrop to negotiate it wasn't long before we found ourselves at the summit cairn. After a short stretch heading North from the cairn, we continued in a westerly direction to join the path at the clapper bridge. As we stopped for lunch the weather decided to move in so it wasn't long before we were on our way again. After passing Troutbeck Park farm it was an easy walk on made road for the majority of the route back to the car.|
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Troutbeck Tongue nestles in the valley between Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Crag
Troutbeck village and Wansfell Pike enjoy a sunny spell
From the right, Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag and Stony Cove Pike catch some sunny patches
We can now see the path heading up the front of The Tongue
It must have rained heavily last night
Marie is dismayed when Shep drops his stick into the water
As we start our climb the sun highlights the tree, with Baystones towering above it . . .
and Windermere comes into view
Gill and Andrea climb above one of the steeper sections . . .
and are pleased to reach the summit . . .
as are Marie . . .
Shep and Gill check out the slabs on the clapper bridge . . .
and Gill finds a tree growing in a most unusual spot
Trout Beck looks quite full today