There’s nowhere I’d rather be on a fine, sunny day than in Lake District. So, as that was the weather forecast last Saturday, having had my enthusiasm for hill walking rekindled recently, we set out early and headed up the M6 to Ambleside.
We’d decided that we’d climb up to Wasfell Pike, not by the direct route up from Ambleside, a short hard slog, but by heading towards Troutbeck and approaching the summit from the south.
We parked up at the Waterhead car park and made our up to and then through Skelghyll wood. Looking back we could see Windermere and the Coniston Fells with cloud hiding the summit of the Old Man.
This was the view from the Jenkins Cragg viewpoint
Out of the woods we passed the High Skelghyll farm house
Loking back over the fields towards the Coniston fells
Eventually Wansfell came into view
Much of the route was on tracks which were dry and solid underfoot, but once on the fells we had to navigate some peat bogs which much be pretty awful after heavy rain.
Eventually we made the summit of Wasfell Pike to be greeted with a fantastic 360 degree view.
Looking down the full length of Windermere
Looking east toward the Kirkwood Pass
Red Screes looming over the Kirkstone Pass
Ambleside in front of Loughrigg fell with Langdale and some of the highest mounains in the Lake District in the background
The Coniston Fells
We made our way back down to Ambleside by the Direct route, passing a large number of walkers on their way up.
It took less than an hour to reach the centre of Ambleside. Taking a well deserved coffee in one of the many cafes, it was still only early afternoon and as it was one of those warm, sunny days that ae quite rare in this part of the world we decided to make the most of it and continue our walk. Our target this time was Loughrigg which we’d climbed just a few weeks before during our holiday in Coniston. But this time we were going to follow a different route climbing up from Ambleside, rather from the Grasmere side.
It was a longer route than up from White Moss but it was probably an easier ascent. The height being gained relatively gradually up the road and track from Ambleside, then across some peaty territory, skirting bogs, with just a few steep stretches.
We made he summit to be once again greeted with some outstanding views of the surrounding mountains
Looking towards Grasmere, Holme fell and part of the “Fairfield Horsedhoe”
Towards Ambleside and Windermere
After a short rest, enjoying the view, we retraced our route back to Ambleside and the car park at Waterhead.
It was about 6:30 and we decided to find somewhere to have a cup of tea before heading home. As it was after 5 mst of the cafes were closed, but fortunately we found a chippy where we were able to but a mug of tea which we drank on the terrace overlooking the lake. Oh, and it would have been rude not to buy a few chips as well! A good end to a great day.