On Tuesday, we hiked from Ambleside up Wansfell Pike (1581 ft), and then down into Troutbeck, where we had lunch at The Mortal Man. From there, we hike around the base of Wansfell Pike, on the south side, where we got great views Windermere Lake for much of the way. In the evening, we had a scrumptious dinner at an old farmhouse called Mason Arms Inn.
This is the view looking west towards Ambleside from the stairs climbing Wansfell Pike (1581 ft). You can see the steeple of St. Mary’s church. Windermere Lake is out of view to the left. Stock Ghyll Force Waterfall is hidden in a clump of trees near the bottom center of the view. The more distant mountain slightly to left is Loughrigg Fell, which we hiked on Day 4, and the more distant mountains slightly to right are the Langsdales, which we hiked on Day 8. In the valley to the right runs the River Rothay, which flows from Rydal Water and Grasmere. We returned to Ambleside through this valley on the southern (left) shore on Day 4, and we would return above the northern shore (right) on Day 7.
We started this hike from our homestay townhouse in Ambleside. We reached the peak of Wansfell Pike in just under 2 hours. For the return, we continued down the eastern slope of Wansfell Pike to have lunch at the Mortal Man Pub in Troutbeck. We returned to Ambleside via trails on the southern and western slopes of Wansfell Pike. The total hike was 6.6 miles, with 1,524 ft of ascent, and we covered it in 5 hours and 8 minutes.