Wansfell Pike

Wansfell is a great family walk: it's not very steep and only takes a couple of hours to walk to the top and back at a nice gentle pace.  Wansfell overlooks Ambleside and the far reaching views of Windermere and the Scafells are a real reward for your efforts.

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Windermere snakes to the south whilst the Scafells and central fells catch your gaze to the west. Make sure you walk all the way to the end of the ridge to fully appreciate the great view. 

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You can walk up from Ambleside via Stockgyhll Force - very impressive after rain, or by the delightfully named Nanny Lane from Troutbeck. There are two great pubs in Troutbeck, the Mortal Man and the Queens Head.

I like to climb Wansfell via Nanny Lane as there are fell ponies on this side of the fell, and a great view of Red Screes. Something I always forget to do when I am out walking is to look back. Not on this walk though, the view behind you to the Kirkstone and Kentmere fells is awe inspiring and I love the dry stone wall that runs across the top of the fell. 

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You can climb Wansfell from our self catering Lake District cottages in Ambleside and other areas of the southern Lake District.

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