Troutbeck Tongue, from the road to Troutbeck Park

Troutbeck Tongue, from the road to Troutbeck Park

Height: 1191 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 9th October 2009 (walk 7). Second visit: 2nd November 2018 (walk 154).

Troutbeck Tongue summit

Troutbeck Tongue summit cairn

Bagged as number: First round: 26 out of 330. [ << Sour Howes (25)  (27) Loughrigg Fell >> ]

Second round: 169 of 330. [ << Finsthwaite Heights (168)  (170) Wansfell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Having climbed Sour Howes I then did an awkward descent to the Long Green Head road (see the walk description), then took the road to Troutbeck Park and climbed up and down from there.

Second visit: The ultimate ascent was the same but this time I had come in all the way from Windermere. Descended to the west, down to the old bridge: an easy descent in terms of terrain but in the summer bracken will make this near-impassable.

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “There are many Tongues in Lakeland, all of them wedges of high and rising ground between enclosing becks that join below at the tip, but none is more distinctive or aptly named than that in the middle of the Troutbeck Valley. Other Tongues normally have their roots high on a mountainside, but this one thrusts forward from the floor of the dalehead. Although of very modest altitude, it has an attraction for the gentler pedestrian as a viewpoint for the valley, and makes an admirable short excursion in pleasant scenery from Windermere or Troutbeck or, by Skellghyll Woods, from Ambleside.”

Troutbeck Tongue from side

Troutbeck Tongue seen from the side, below the Ill Bell/Yoke ridge

What I say: From the bottom, near the farm of Troutbeck Park this is only 15 minutes up and 10 down, but it’s a steep little bugger. Who Wainwright’s “gentler pedestrians” are I do not know, but presumably they would get to it round the back, and not toil up the short but extremely steep slope I took. It’s a decent little fell, but not necessarily easy to reach: it’s a long walk up the valley from Windermere, and though (in the summer) you can get a bus up the A592 to its general vicinity, there are no easy paths down to the valley from above.

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