Wansfell Pike from Ambleside return via Hundreds Road.

Start. Ambleside.

Route. Ambleside - Stock Ghyll - Stockghyll Force - Wansfell Pike - Hundreds Road - High Skelghyll - Skelghyll Wood - Ambleside.

Notes. Because of it's close proximity to Ambleside this modest hill can boast to being one of the most popular hills in the Lake District, rising to a mere 1,588ft the views from it's rocky crown are staggering, ascend from Ambleside via Stock Ghyll and the best is saved for the summit, the best being breath-taking. Come take a wander with me, the ascent will sting the legs and burn the lungs but it's worth every painful step.

I left Ambleside via the Stock Ghyll Path, the path ascended through woodland to reach the 70ft cascade of Stockghyll Force, from the triple cataracts a good path lead to a Victorian revolving gate, I exited via said gate to access a narrow tarmac lane. Up hill I wandered to reach a finger-post inviting me to Troutbeck via Wansfell Pike, I obliged, the leg burning ascent started immediately. Out of breath, beads of sweat dripping from my brow I stood atop the rocky crown that marks the summit drinking in magnificent vistas the length of Lake Windermere.

Drunk on stunning views I descended to the east, a well trod path guided me to a dry stone wall, on the other side of the wall I turned right, stepping stones aided my crossing of boggy ground as I wandered into more spectacular views. The path guided me to an unnamed gill before a field gate and stile allowed access to Hundreds Road (track). Between dry stone walls I continued descending, at the first junction I turned right, a finger-post promised this was the path to Ambleside. Through sheep pastures I strolled, passed High Skelghyll to access Skelghyll Wood, passed Jenkin Crag I wandered before a steep descent into the streets of Ambleside, all that remained a short walk back to the patiently waiting car.

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Stockghyll Force a popular tourist attraction being only a short distance from the town centre.

The Victorian revolving gate, dressed in their finery they had to pay a small entry charge to wander this woodland, having said that I bet they didn't have to pay to park in Ambleside.

Todd Crag seen from the ascent of Wansfell Pike.

Sunlight on Loughrigg Fell with the Langdale skyline behind.

Rising above the pass of Kirkstone, Red Screes and Caudale Moor.

The Scene over Woundale as viewed from high on Wansfell Pike.

Sunlight dances across the summit of Dove Crag, brooding in cloud behind Fairfield.

Awe-inspiring views from the summit of Wansfell Pike.

Another smashing view, reaching across the skyline the hills of the Yorkshire Dales.

Standing just marveling at the extraordinary view down Windermere Lake, I remember the very first time I graced this summit, I ascended the same way I did today, hidden by the bulk of the hill the view unfolded as I crested the summit, it's like opening a door into another world.

Gummer's How seen from pastures above Hundreds Road.

Looking down on High Skelghyll backed by Skelghyll Wood.

Wreathed in cloud seen over Windermere Lake the Coniston massif.

I've stepped from Skelghyll Wood into fine views over Waterhead.

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