Wansfell is a fell in the Lake
District situated 2.5 kilometres east of the town of Ambleside. The fell
is part of the long southern ridge of Caudale Moor and occupies the
swathe of territory between Ambleside and the Troutbeck valley.
Wansfell has an extensive summit ridge with two tops, the highest
point of the fell is called Baystones with a height of 488 m (1,601 ft)
while Wansfell Pike, which lies a kilometre to the south west reaches an
altitude of 482 m (1,581 ft). Of the two summits Wansfell Pike is
regarded as the “true” summit of the fell by many fell walkers because
of its superior view, even though it is the lower of the pair.
Despite its modest altitude, Wansfell has significant topographic
prominence being linked to the higher fell of Caudale Moor by a col near
the Kirstone Pass road (A 592).
Wansfell has strong connections
to Ambleside and is seen as very much belonging to the town with Bill
Birkett saying “Wansfell is to Ambleside what St. Pauls is to London”
The popularity of the ascent from Ambleside led to severe erosion
which became so bad that the path underwent restoration work in the late
1990s using stone blocks and sections of the path now resemble a stone
The fell's two summits are linked by a dry stone wall,
Wansfell Pike is the lower of the two but has a more attractive rocky
top and a better view, with Windermere looking particularly attractive
to the south. The highest point (Baystones) is a grassy hummock marked
by a few stones.
The fell is predominately ascended from
Ambleside using the road which leaves the town centre and goes past
Stockghyll Force waterfall before bearing right onto the restored
footpath which is followed to the summit.
An ascent is also
possible from Troutbeck, on the eastern side of the fell, following a
farm track called Nanny Lane until the open fell is reached from where
it is an easy climb to the summit.
Wansfell is on the route of
the Windermere Way, a long distance path that explores Lake Windermere.
routes near Wansfell