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Wansfell and Troutbeck Tongue

11th January 2015

Route.  Church Bridge - Troutbeck - Nanny Lane - Wansfell Pike- Baystones - Woundale Raise - Low Great Knott - Troutbeck Tongue - Limefitt Park - Church Bridge

(about 9 miles 2300ft ascent)

We knew the weather forecast was not very nice so we thought a walk over these two "tiddlers" would be just the job.

Sue, Lynn and I set of from the lane by the church and made our way up the hill to Troutbeck village.

Looking back at the church. It had started to rain now and it continued to rain in various thicknesses all day

Setting of up Nanny Lane..

Looking across to Ill Bell.

Approaching a very wintry looking Wansfell Pike.

Windermere through the murk..

Sue peeps over the wall to Red Screes.

Conditions really deterioted from Wansfell onwards. The rain came as freezing cold sleet or stinging hail both driven by a ferocious wind.. All the photos from now on are spoiled by the water but still give an idea of the day.

Follow the wall to the Wainwright top of Baystones seen in the distance

I shouted to Sue to move from in front of the cairn but the wind was so loud she didn't hear me!.

Dropping down to meet the Kirkstone pass road. The fields at the bottom of the hill were ankle deep in water.

This is the ancient slab bridge crossing. Trout Beck, but we had a real struggle to get here. Woundale beck was a raging torrent and we had to follow it upstream for about three quarters of a mile before we could find a place to cross and then we had to scale the wall which in summer with the stones dry you can easily just hop over but the stones were wet and slippy and the wind caught you as you tried to balance so it was a bit of an ordeal.

The hail was incredibly painful on Troutbeck Tongue.

 Dropping down now to Hagg Gill. I gave up with the photos here as the rain came down even harder. We splashed our way down the path on the east side of the valley, cut down through Limefitt Park and back to the church. It was a very testing day but I always think a bad day on the hill is better than a good day in front of the telly! 

Last walk  - The Greenburn round - Next walk - Loughrigg Fell

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