||Stockghyll Force, Wansfell
Pike, Troutbeck, Far Orrest, Orrest Head
||NY 376 045
||7.2 miles + 3.3 miles
||2,322 feet + 320 feet
||Overcast but quite mild
||4.25 hours + 1.5 hours
||Taking the local bus we
travelled to Ambleside for the start of a walk back to
the hotel. Intending to return items we bought the day
before we arrived too early and had to spend time
sampling the offerings in Costa Coffee! Finally setting
off from the centre of Ambleside we walked through
Stockghyll Woods and past the waterfall before making
our way to the start of the climb to Wansfell Pike. As
it was lunch time when we reached the summit a suitable
place was found to partake of our provisions. A long
downhill section took us into Troutbeck before climbing
again to Longmire Road (track). From here we made our
way past Far Orrest and on to Orrest Head. It was then a
short stretch downhill to the hotel.
As it was quite early when we arrived back at the
hotel two of us decided to walk to Bowness-on-Windermere
- hence the double mileage and ascent figures. After
taking a few photos of the swans we returned to the
hotel - slightly slower than the outward walk as it was
up hill all the way back!
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Ambleside from the early part of the climb . . .
which continues up . . .
to the summit with views to Red Screes and the Kirkstone Pass
Looking back to Wansfell Pike from Longmire Road . . .
and again from Moorhowe Road
A couple of lambs . . .
stick close to 'Mum' . . .
as do these two lambs
Make your choice!
Windermere from Orrest Head . . .
the first vantage point that A Wainwright climbed
Caught in mid-flap at Bowness-on-Windermere
This swan shows off its wings . . .
and again from the back . . .
and the side
Black-headed gull in non-breeding plumage
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