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Wansfell Pike

Wansfell Pike

Hiking Highlight

Recommended by 290 out of 291 hikers

This Highlight is in a protected area

Please check local regulations for: Lake District National Park

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Rising above the honeypot town of Ambleside is a delightful ridgeline boasting panoramic views to the higher Eastern Fells and down onto the lengthy, sparkling ribbon of Windermere. Hikes to Wansfell’s summit take you to the high point of this ridge, a superb amble for any time of day and for all seasons.


Technically the termination of Cauldale Moor’s south westerly arm, the Wansfell ridge separates Ambleside from Troutbeck. Walking routes to Wansfell can be started from any number of places. The ascent can be short, making use of the Kirkstone Pass or the A592. Alternatively, starting from the shores of Windermere or the nearby hustle and bustle of Ambleside’s cafes, promises a classic day on the fells. The choice is yours.


A delightful jaunt to a glorious viewpoint above Ambleside


On approaches from Ambleside, look out for Stockghyll Force, a tumbling woodland waterfall and Skelghyll Wood, which boasts vibrant bluebells in spring. The town is the obvious base but Troutbeck also has plenty of accommodation options.


A rocky bluff towards the south western end of the ridge is often mistaken for the true summit. This is Wansfell Pike; it is not the highest point. Nor is it the Wainwright summit; this is a grassy knoll known as Baystones and is located at the northern end of the ridge, opposite the hump of Dod Hill.


Once you’ve summitted and are munching on some carbs, you can take time to gaze straight down the length of Windermere to the pastoral lands beyond. Better still is the view to the west, where the Coniston group, Bowfell, the Scafells and the Langdales form a classic, undulating skyline. Red Screes’ bulk looks every bit a mountain across the Kirkstone Pass.


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  • JudeK

    Wonderful views along Windermere and the valleys at the top make the climb worthwhile. Then a slow steady descent through fields and pretty woodland back to Ambleside.

    • September 19, 2021

  • Wonderful place and then down to Ambleside on the lake.

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    • August 4, 2019

  • If you come straight up from Ambleside,it’s steeper than the other routes available but shorter in distance

    • May 22, 2022

  • Approaching from Abelside offers great view over and past Ambelside towards Langsdale and as the trail turns even views of Kirkstone Pass. Once at the Wansfell Pike summit the views south offer stunning views of Lake Windermere.

    • July 27, 2022

  • This was our introduction to the Lake District. Not difficult but very worthwhile. And if you haven't had enough, you can continue hiking to the Red Screes like we did, which then results in an almost 17km long circular hike...

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    • October 21, 2022

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Location: Cumbria, England, United Kingdom

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  • Elevation1,675 ft

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