Wansfell Pike

Wansfell Pike from Sour Howes

Height: 1597 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Wansfell's main summit, from Caudale Moor

Dod Hill, on the northern flanks of Wansfell. Seen from Caudale Moor, on walk 66. The valley is Woundale.

Date climbed: First visit: 20th May 2012 (walk 57)

Second visit: 2nd November 2018 (walk 154).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 176 of 330. [ << Great End (175)   (177) Great Mell Fell >> ]

Second round: 170 of 330. [ << Troutbeck Tongue (169)  (171-173) School Knott >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Ambleside. Descended to Troutbeck.

Second visit: Came in from the north, the Kirkstone Pass road. Descended from Wansfell Pike to Ambleside.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “…although its summit ridge is fairly narrow and well-defined, the slopes on most sides are extensive, the fell as a whole occupying a broad tract of territory between Ambleside and the Troutbeck valley…. at the south-west extremity of the ridge there is a rocky bluff known as Wansfell Pike, which is commonly but incorrectly regarded as the top of the fell.”

Wansfell summit

Wansfell summit cairn

What I say: All the appeal of Wansfell resides in the Pike rather than the main summit: the latter is 16 feet higher, but I doubt few would complain if this had been reversed; indeed, were this the case I doubt many people would trouble to visit the northern (real) summit at all. The northern expanses of the fell do have good views, but are a dreary moorland. The views from Wansfell Pike are superb, however, from Windermere round to the Coniston fells and the Scafell group in the distance, then the Fairfield horseshoe, Red Screes and Kirkstone, with Ambleside spread out below. On a sunny day – and both visits of mine were graced with good weather – it is worth the effort; without the reward of that view, however, there would not be much reason to do it.

Wansfell Pike from Loughrigg

Wansfell Pike from Loughrigg Fell. Picture taken back on walk 8.

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2 Responses to “Wansfell”

  1. […] on Sunday, walk 57 took all three of us over the two summits of Wansfell (see picture); a short walk, but it bagged one of the more isolated Wainwrights and, as you can […]

  2. […] and so I headed up the Troutbeck valley direct from Windermere station to bag Troutbeck Tongue and Wansfell. Not dramatic fells in themselves but the views could not be faulted. Read all the details and see […]

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