|Walk:||Robin Lane, Jenkin Crag, Waterhead, Roman Fort, Stockghyll Force, Wansfell Pike, Wansfell, Nanny Lane, Troutbeck|
|Start Point:||Church Bridge, Troutbeck||Grid Reference:||NY 412 027|
|Distance:||9.8 miles||Ascent:||2,640 feet|
|Weather:||Mild with sunny spells|
|Comments:||A pleasant day for a stroll into Ambleside and a detour to the RomanFort. The fort was probably built during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (AD 117–38). However, excavations have suggested the presence, partly beneath the stone buildings, of an earlier fort with a turf wall and timber buildings, constructed possibly in the 90s AD, when Roman control of the Lake District was being consolidated.
A visit to Stockghyll Force gave the opportunity to explore the waterfall as I took the lower path which eventually leads above the fall. I then continued on to Wansfell Pike, ascending 1,034 feet on 0.6 miles! There were 360 degree views from the summit but a cold wind ensured a quick departure, moving on to Wansfell, a Wainwright summit, before returning to Troubeck along Nanny Lane.
Spring is here!
Windermere from Robin Lane . . .
and looking across to Blelham Tarn . . .
behind Wray Castle
Snow on the Coniston Fells . . .
from Jenkin Crag
Descending to Waterhead . . .
where I take some time . . .
to watch the geese . . .
A detour to the Roman ruins . . .
where the remains of the gate can be seen . . .
Lots of information is available . . .
to identify . . .
the various sections . . .
of the excavations
The weir in Stockghyll Woods . . .
where a bridge . . .
displays an ineteresting construction
Stockghyll Force . . .
and zooming in . . .
Another view shows 4 sections to the waterfalls
Stock Ghyll from the higher bridge
The full picture can be seen from the opposite bank
Beginning the climb to Wansfell Pike - over 1,000 feet up
Looking over Coniston to The Langdales . . .
round to the arms of The Fairfield Horseshoe . . .
and up to the Kirkstone Pass
Another view of my favourite fells - The Langdales
Wansfell Pike . . .
with views to the Coniston Fells . . .
the Central Fells . . .
The Fairfield Horseshoe . . .
the Kirkstone Pass . . .
where the Angletarn Pikes can be seen peeping through the gap . . .
then on to Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke
Wainwright's Wansfell, about 1 mile north-east . . .
and looking back to Wansfell Pike . . .
and a closer look at the western arm of the Kentmere Horseshoe