Published 7 November 2011

Walkers climbing up Wansfell

Ambleside is surrounded by fells but of all those that do, it’s two smaller ones that probably are the most noticeable. Loughrigg is one of them, and Wansfell is the other.

Coming in at 489m above sea level Wansfell isn’t a particularly challenging peak to look at which means its popular with the many tourists who visit Ambleside who just fancy a quick stroll.

They may just be in for a little surprise though. Wansfell is no easy climb as the route from Ambleside heads up an incredibly steep path up to the top. It’s slow going and hard work and one can only admire the fell runners who somehow manage to do it in 20 minutes or so.

If you head up there from that direction it’s the town of Ambleside that dominates the view on the way up. That and the surrounding fells around Fairfield and so on. But at the top the walker gets a just reward for their effort for there is Lake Windermere out on a plate.

A walker stands at Wansfell Pike and admires the view

And surprisingly I did get a view. Almost inevitably in a Lakes trip in September the best weather was on the last day; the day when I was leaving early in the afternoon to get home. But two days of wet, wind and misery seemed irrelevant when you’re standing on Wansfell staring at Windermere in the baking sunshine.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I see it, I never grow bored of it. For surely someone who is tired of views like this, is without doubt tired of life?

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Simon Brunning

12 November 2011 at 5:58 pm

My daughter and I came up the other side from Troutbeck last Spring, then down to Ambleside. Lovely walk.

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