Walk Report: Wansfell Pike

Date: 28th Mar 2009
Stats: 7.0 miles, 1500 feet
Weather: Howling gales, very, very cold wind chill, rain and sleet to finish
Trig Points: 0
Wainwrights: 1: Wansfell (Baystones)
Other Info: Free parking for two or three cars by the road in Troutbeck, no toilets
Summary: Troutbeck, Nanny Lane, Wansfell Pike, Baystones, Idle Hill, A592 back to Troutbeck

Key to symbols:
= Wainwright Summit

A deceptively sunny day from the photos, but even at car park level the wind was whistling and this strengthened logarithmically as I ascended up to Baystones. I eventually cut the walk short and returned via the road as the wind and wind chill were too much, once it started to sleet and rain as well I knew where I’d rather be!

Wansfell Pike
Another stupid hire care for me today, parked on the road side near Limefitt Caravan Park – get here early though.

Wansfell Pike
New mother and here two lambs – only just born, within a couple of hours – the cords can still be seen on the lambs

Wansfell Pike
The Ill Bell ridge maintains a snowy cover and the weather looks grim ahead

Wansfell Pike
Leaving Nanny Lane for the fellside and the faint track to Wansfell Pike

Wansfell Pike
Looking down the length of Windermere from the path up to Wansfell Pike

Wansfell Pike
There is a path there, it’s just quite faint

Wansfell Pike
A better shot of the path, winding it way up the hillside – very windy here

Wansfell Pike

Wansfell Pike
Then the rain starts – you can see the wind strength in the grass beside the wall

Wansfell Pike
The hills ahead are becoming more cloud covered

Wansfell Pike
Red Screes covered in snow


Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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