2013 - June - 10
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Our last full day in Ambleside was not intended to reflect the more strenuous nature of the activities on the previous three days. However the walk reached just below the 500 metre mark which certainly exceeds the 297 metres of Walmer Hill, the South East's highest point. Thanks Elaine for suggesting and leading this walk without hesitation or deviation.
Verdant pasture and woodland in their early summer glory, and loads of bluebells (here they are around later than in the south-east) formed the initial impressions. All these gifts of nature were nestling around the northern reaches of Lake Windermere with its sailing boats. Yes, we were definitely very much in the Lake District. Our initial aim was Troutbeck with its interesting aspects spiritual: the church and the "Mortal Man". After that we scaled the heights of Wansfell Pike for more views over Lake Windermere and north towards Grasmere.
A steep descent brought us back to Ambleside, ready for the final - social - dinner of our visit to the Lakes. The event took place at the "Wateredge Inn" pleasantly basking in the sunshine on the northern tip of Lake Windermere. Both the holiday and this event were ably organised by John E..
Late spring, in all her colourful glory, was out in force today. Trees in their light green mantles, blubells in their prime ... and oh, the lovely stretches of wild garlic! Sheep grazed on the verdant pastures. Sailing boats bobbed up and down on Lake Windermere.
Troutbeck lies on the road leading to the Kirkstone Pass and northwards to Patterdale and Ullswater. On our last full day we were content just to aim for Troutbeck itself, with its rugged slate buildings, its interesting church and its nice watering hole of Sally Birkett Ales fame.
The wilder aspect of the Lake District awaited us as, suitably refreshed at the "Mortal Man", we headed out of Troutbeck up Nanny Lane to Wansfell Pike. The pike, not quite 500 metres in height, presides on the east side over a seemingly vast open space, and on the west side over Ambleside, which it appears to shield somewhat from the outside world. A gentle rise to the pike and a steep descent off the pike is what characterised this half of the walk.
We all meet up at the Wateredge Inn for our last day dinner together. The fare is good, as are the beverages. Of course, the setting is splendid too. Good choice, John. We all depart in good spirits (take the spirits as you will!), thinking of CLOG trips to come.
Our walk took in the foothills of the Lake District with their green pastures and woods and their villages, traditionally built with solid slate to withstand the forceful turns of the weather. After lunch, the terrain took on a medium level aspect - wide open spaces and outcrops of slate. Nice! Here you will see the map and heights relating to this walk; for data on all our walks, please click here.