You are in prime walking country when you visit Troutbeck, and the green valley and rugged hill tops are patterned with paths and trails suited to every ability. Mountain bikers will also find many satisfying routes, including the Garburn Pass, which runs from Troutbeck into the Kentmere valley. On the north-western flank of the valley is Wansfell, and there is plenty of walking over its slopes towards Ambleside, and its summit provides terrific views. Ambleside is superbly equipped to deal with your needs for maps, guides, and outdoor gear of all kinds. Here are a few of our suggestions for walks in and around Troutbeck:
This walk is adaptable to various different routes of varying length and steepness, all set in stunning hills and woodlands above Lake Windermere. The most common route sets you off towards Ambleside over the lower slopes of the fell and then back round over the steep peak. Wansfell offers wonderful views over the lake and the surrounding hills and vales. You can start from various points in the Troutbeck valley, though we like the track running up from Troutbeck village near the shop. 2-3 hrs.
This hill is set like the rounded mound of a tongue in the jaw of the Troutbeck valley, hence its name. It can be accessed from a little lane that runs straight to its foot from the A592 some distance above Limefitt Caravan Park. The climb itself is straightforward, and the summit gives commanding views of the valley back towards Lake Windermere. The walk can be made circular by descending into the valley on the south-east of the Tongue. 1 ½ hrs.
Also an excellent route for mountain-bikers, this substantial walk can be truncated if you do not wish to make a circle of it. Head to Limefitt Caravan Park and find the Garburn Pass track running diagonally along the hillside behind it. This lifts you up to the ridge between Troutbeck and Kentmere. Descending into pretty Kentmere, to its church, will allow you to take a path along the western flank of that valley above its water towards High Borrans, and then to make a loop back to your starting point via Borrans Reservoir and Dubbs Reservoir. This is about 9 miles in all, but very much worth the effort, with the peace and beauty of Kentmere, the height gain of Garburn, and the terrific views across Troutbeck. 3 ½ – 4 ½ hrs.
Ascending by car from Troutbeck to the Kirstone Inn, there is plenty of parking at the top of the Kirkstone Pass, and a good deal of the height of nearby Red Screes, on the north-western side of the pass, has already been attained. Some light scrambling and a short climb brings you to the peak itself. The summit is notable for its tarn, and its vistas across the Lake Windermere valley. If you wish to make a longer walk, consider dropping down to Ambleside via Snarker Pike. 1 hr.
This is the walk that inspired Alfred Wainwright’s lifelong love affair with the Lakes. We can see why, as lovely views of Lake Windermere and the Langdale Pikes are on offer, along with an adventurously rocky summit, suitable for scrambling children. The walk is not the most taxing, given the wealth of its rewards. Begin at the top of Windermere Village on the main road a short way down from the train station on the Troutbeck side. 1 hr.
Taking the A592 out of the Troutbeck valley towards Windermere, cross the little roundabout and you will come after a mile or two to a carpark on the right-hand side of Rayrigg Road, before you reach Bowness. This car park gives access to a very pleasant walk taking in the low grassy hill that Queen Adelaide is said to have visited in her stay in the area, and some of the finest access to the shoreline on the eastern side of the lake. The short ramble offers excellent views and abundant picnicking opportunities. 3/4 hr.