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I was in the area as it was Mother’s Day weekend for a get together with my family 🥲.
I could not resist doing a little hike whilst I was around before I headed back home, so here it is.
Total Distance: 7 Miles Highest Point: 1585 Feet Total Realistic Time: ~2.5 Hours
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Historically in Westmorland, it marks the head (and sits on the east side of the northern headwater) of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake.
Ambleside have many unique shops and food places. Lovely little village, it does get busy here particularly the weekends as it is a well known spot for a short break.
Decided to do a walk from Ambleside. Met up with a good friend of mine and then we headed to Ambleside, we parked in the centre.
The route we ended up taking to Wansfell Pike. I was tracking our route as my friend had done this route before, but the other way around, so decided to see how this way would work out.
The hike started with a gradual incline on a little road towards a path to Wansfell Pike.
Then suddenly an up hill struggle to the highest point Wansfell Pike. It was one of the first hikes this year for me and I felt it at the beginning. Although it was tough going at first, it is a good workout and you just take your time. There is a stone / cobble path all the way up to Wansfell Pike.
We did not get much of a view at the top, we also got constant drizzle throughout the walk. It was refreshing though, as there was not much of a breeze.
Stopped for some lunch / snack at Wansfell Pike peak, also to take a big breather before carrying on.
From Wansfell Pike it was pretty much down hill from there, there are a few sections of small inclines but no way as tough as the start of the route.
There is a good view point for Windermere lake just off the track – we managed to get a view as the mist was slowly lifting. The area is also very green, the colours look amazing for the time of year.
This path takes you all the way back to Ambleside, nice and smooth.
When we got back to Ambleside, we stopped off at Apple Pie Cafe for a well deserved coffee and cake. Barney was also allowed in the restaurant area.
I enjoyed the walk, challenging at first but got through it. I like a good challenge. It was good to meet and catch up whilst enjoying the outdoors.
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro (for taking photos/videos)
- Comfy walking shoes (most important)
- Waterproofs (to keep warm and dry)
- Flask with Hot/Cold drink (a good cuppa is always welcome)
- ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
- Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)