Sunday, 3rd March 2013


Walk: Stockghyll Force, Wansfell Pike, Troutbeck, Far Orrest, Orrest Head
Start Point: Ambleside Grid Ref: NY 376 045
Distance: 7.2 miles + 3.3 miles Ascent: 2,322 feet + 320 feet
Weather: Overcast but quite mild Time: 4.25 hours + 1.5 hours
Comments: 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!

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Stockghyll Force


Ambleside from the early part of the climb . . .


which continues up . . .


to the summit with views to Red Screes and the Kirkstone Pass


Troutbeck Church


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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