Troutbeck Tongue is a small fell located in the Lake District, three
miles (five kilometres) east of Ambleside.
It is one of
214 hills listed in Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland
Fells, which makes it a popular attraction for walkers who are aiming to
complete all the "Wainwrights".
Because of it is moderate height
and proximity to a main road it is a pleasant half-day excursion that
can be done when the higher fells are in cloud.
branches off south westward from the main Ill Bell ridge, just north of
Froswick. It separates Trout Beck from Hagg Gill, its main upper
These two streams almost reconverge behind the fell,
the col connecting to Froswick being at only 968 feet (295 m).
This depression carries a number of ancient cairns at the base of the
long grassy back slope of the fell. The character of this side is in
marked contrast to the southern tip of the fell which drops steeply over
rocky outcrops to Troutbeck Park.
The summit is grassy with views
restricted by the surrounding higher fells, however there is a good view
due south down the Troutbeck valley with England's largest lake
Windermere, well seen.
The fell is usually climbed from the
village of Troutbeck on the A592 road three miles (five kilometres)
north of the town of Windermere.
From the village it is a
pleasant walk to the base of the fell following the course of the Trout
Beck along Ing Lane which leads to Troutbeck Park Farm. This 1,900 acre
(7.7 km˛) sheep farm was bought by the children's book author and
illustrator Beatrix Potter in 1923, it was in danger of development and
so she decided to purchase it. When she died in 1943 she left the farm
and its land to the National Trust along with 13 other farms she owned
in the Lake District.
At the farm the ascent of the fell begins,
it is quite a steep climb with several rocky outcrops and walls and
fences to negotiate but the modest height of the fell makes it a short
ascent of less than 30 minutes.
There is some evidence of
quarrying near the top of the fell and this is marked on the Ordnance
routes near Troutbeck Tongue