Things to do in Troutbeck, Lake District | Lakelovers

About Troutbeck

Things to do in Troutbeck

The village is really a collection of hamlets strung out over a mile along the picturesque little valley lane, and we are happy to be able to offer some truly excellent and characterful places to stay in the Lake District. The scenery here is green and stunning, and dipping off the main Lake District thoroughfare takes you into a rustic land of traditional slate cottages, rolling fields scattered with sheep, and winding lanes flanked by stone walls and hedgerows, surrounded by towering fells and ridges. You will find yourselves in prime walking country, and blessed with many attractions and things to do in Troutbeck during your stay, and in the area round about. The valley is well positioned to let you access Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside, and the central Lake District, as well as the beautiful valley of Ullswater. This is a pastoral gem, a home from home, secluded from the modern, urban world, yet close enough to the larger Lakeland villages that you never need feel cut off, or stuck for what to do while in Troutbeck.

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Jesus Church

A very pretty church in the centre of the Troutbeck valley. Quite an ancient structure, it was full disassembled and reconstructed in the 1700’s. It is notable for its stained glass, which was mostly designed and made by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and the father of the arts-and-crafts movement, William Morris. We recommend a stroll on country paths up from the church to the Mortal Man Inn, and perhaps a drink in its wonderful beer garden.

Troutbeck HolehirdHolehird Gardens

The Lakeland Horticultural Society are proud to present this beautiful garden near the mouth of the Troutbeck valley. Holehird Gardens sprawl over several acres of hillside, and include a lovely walled garden and a miasma of paths through a tremendous collection of shrubs and trees, with terrific views all round. –


This is a rustic Lakeland farmhouse, superbly preserved by the National Trust. The Browne family who inhabited Townend were a typical farming family, and you can explore the farmhouse kitchen with its roaring fire and antique tools, and see their internationally significant selection of books. This is a real historical gem, a window into old Lakeland, and not to be missed out when you are making your plans for what to do in Troutbeck. –


Troutbeck is one of the stomping grounds of Kankku, who offer off-road adventure in specialised 4×4 vehicles around the Lake District. You can drive yourselves, and this is a wonderfully action-packed way to experience the landscape. Their offices are located in Windermere, a little distance downhill from the train station. –

Beer Gardens

If you have taken your fill of exercise and glorious scenery, you may wish to enjoy the sunshine in one of the many beer gardens in the surrounding area. The Mortal Man Inn in Troutbeck itself has a charming garden in a beautiful setting, and the tables outside the Kirkstone Pass in at the very top of the valley, en route to Ullswater, provide incredible view towards Ambleside and Lake Windermere. In Ambleside, The Wateredge Inn’s garden at Waterhead in Ambleside is superbly placed right by the lake, as is that of the YHA, and the Angel Inn and Ship Inn in Bowness are also excellent places to sit out with a cold drink.



Troutbeck is peacefully situated in the hill-country to the east of the main artery of the Lakes, the A591, and though you will not be short of things to do in Troutbeck and around the valley itself, it is well placed for joining this scenic road and exploring the wider area. The northward route is famous for its exceptional scenery, and passes the villages of Ambleside and Grasmere, both of which must be visited. Ambleside is a hub for walkers and climbers, while Grasmere is famous for its connection with William Wordsworth. Passing Thirlmere still further north brings you to Keswick and the Northern Lakes. You can also easily pass through Bowness and follow the eastern shore of Windermere south to Newby Bridge, with Lakeside and the Lakes Aquarium close by. Troutbeck is also excellently situated to give access north-east over the stunning and precipitous Kirkstone Pass, with the Kirkstone Pass Inn at its top, and over to Ullswater, possibly the most beautiful water in the region, where landscape scenes were filmed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The A591 can take you to the larger market town of Kendal if you head south along it, and to the south of Bowness the Lyth Valley is worth visiting for its tranquility and charming green and rolling hills. We strongly recommend a guided tour to help you appreciate our beautiful region fully, and one option in this respect is The Mountain Goat, which offers minibus tours covering all areas of the Lake District, including a ‘Ten Lakes Spectacular’. –

Eating & Drinking


When you are based in Troutbeck you are not far from some excellent eateries and watering-holes. In the valley itself, The Mortal Man Inn is a traditional Lakeland pub with a superb beer garden, and runs cider and ale festivals at certain times of year. The food is very good and we recommend several visits here. There is a tearoom in the shop in the village, too. Nearby, Windermere and Bowness offer an endless selection of tempting cafes, restaurants and pubs, and we like Hooked in Windermere, an excellent fish restaurant. Mela in Bowness is well-regarded for Indian fare, and offers takeaway. The Jintana is a good Thai, and also offers takeaway, and there are fish and chips shops in both villages. The Samling on way to Ambleside offers a high-end dining experience, and there are many further options in that village, including the newly established Lake Road Kitchen, which has garnered rave reviews for its gourmet food, often locally foraged.

Please follow the link below for a list of eateries we think are worth checking out in and around the area: 



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:

Troutbeck Round/Wansfell

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.

Troutbeck Tongue

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.

Garburn Pass and Kentmere

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.

Troutbeck Kirstone InnRed Screes

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.

Orrest Head

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.

Adelaide Hill and Millerground

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.

Further Afield


Low Wood Watersports and Activities Centre

This centre is to be found on the shore of Lake Windermere between Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere. It is the closest watersports centre to Troutbeck and things to do include sailing, canoeing and kayaking, water-skiing, wake-boarding, and motor boat hire. –

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Not far from Troutbeck on the A591, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole makes a great starting point for your holiday, and along with an excellent introduction to the area you will find pony rides, trails and orienteering, a tree-top trek, mini-golf, and extensive and beautiful gardens and grounds. –

Glebe Recreation Ground

If ice-creams and fun are the order of the day, the Glebe in Bowness-on-Windermere is the place to go. The open parkland is ideal for picnics, and there are tennis courts, crazy golf, a putting green, and an excellent 18-hole pitch-and-putt course, which we would highly recommend. Anyone wondering what to to in Troutbeck with a young family should make a visit here. You can find the Glebe Recreation Ground near the lake and the steamer pier on Glebe Road in Bowness Bay.

Windermere Lake Cruises

There is no better way to make use of your proximity to Lake Windermere than to board one of the launches that cruise up and down the lake. Bowness Bay is a chief embarkation point, and you can head north to Ambleside or south to Lakeside. You might also wish to take the short Islands Cruise to investigate Windermere’s stunning scenery.  –

Ambleside Climbing Wall

This indoor climbing wall includes a bouldering room and is open to all over 5 years old, and is available for evening sessions, too. There is a tempting cafe here, and we recommend a visit if you are interesting in developing your climbing skills. –

The World of Beatrix Potter

Another of the many attractions of Bowness-on-Windermere worth visiting during your stay in Troutbeck, this exhibition is an enchanting introduction to the fictional world inhabited by Peter Rabbit and other celebrated characters created by Beatrix Potter. Beautifully detailed models will delight children and adults alike. Potter’s influence in the Lakes is profound, and you can also visit her home at Hilltop in Near Sawrey on the far side of the water. –

Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre

If you’re visiting the Lake District you really should think about trying some of the many outdoor activities available. Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre offers rock-climbing, Nordic walking, navigation and orienteering, and on the water you can enjoy windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking. –

Royalty Cinema

Only a short run from Troutbeck you can take in the latest releases at this vintage cinema, full of traditional features. Situated in Bowness-on-Windermere, this is a great way to relax after a full day on the fells. You will also find a cinema in Ambleside, Zeffirellis, which also has an excellent jazz bar and vegetarian restaurant. –

Getting to troutbeck


 Leave the M6 motorway at junction 36 and pass by Kendal, continuing towards Windermere and Ambleside. Troutbeck can be found by passing Windermere village on the A591 and taking the first available right-hand turn at the little roundabout on the A592. You can alternatively choose to arrive at Troutbeck from the north via the A592, in which case you will need to leave the M6 at junction 40 and pass by the beautiful shores of Ullswater and over the steep Kirkstone Pass. For train travellers, Windermere rail station is at the end of the branch line from Oxenholme, which sits on mainline near Kendal. Buses run regularly throughout the Lakes, and information can be found by following the link below: