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Last updated: 24 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

This lovely circular six-mile walk has an easy first half, following footpaths and bridleways across the wooded countryside around Ambleside to Troutbeck. The more challenging return route involves a stiff climb up Wansfell Pike, for superb views over the Lakes, then descends via the pretty waterfall of Skelghyll Force.

Don’t miss

In Troutbeck you’ll find the historic farmhouse of Townend, which showcases rural life in the Lakes over the past few centuries, and is now a National Trust property.


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 3 hours

Getting there & doing it

The walk begins and ends in Market Place, Ambleside. Some parts are uneven and rocky, and it’s muddy in places, so wear sturdy footwear. The National Trust website has a downloadable PDF including a marked map and directions.

Ambleside has some of the best restaurants in the Lake District, including the Michelin-starred Lake Road Kitchen and Old Stamp House. For something more relaxed, pick up a tasty pie from the Great North Pie Co.

When to do it

Walking is superb all year round. Summer (usually) brings good weather but crowds. Winter offers invigorating walking conditions and fewer crowds, but be prepared for snow on the Fells.

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Lake District

Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

beautiful landscape in the Lake District

Imposing mountains, wild landscapes, tranquil lakes and picturesque towns combine to make the Lake District uniquely beautiful, and one of the best places in Britain for walking, climbing, boating and biking.