Troutbeck Tongue

Date: 13 May 2018 Weather: 14’C, sunny, light wind
Height gain: 938 ft Distance: 6.5 miles
Time taken: 3 hrs 15 mins Wainwrights: 46 of 214

Route:  From layby north of Queens Head in Troutbeck along Ing Lane to Troutbeck Park and up The Tongue to the summit and back the same way.


It’s a beautiful sunny day (in fact we’ll have practically wall to wall sunshine all week) and this is the first walk of our holiday.  It’s our first trip to the Lakes since making the decision to leave our jobs and move up here so our holiday combines a bit of hillwalking with a lot of driving by houses on the market and a few viewings.

We’re staying in a really lovely cottage in Troutbeck with sheep and lambs all around us and the weather is unbelievably good.  The only thing that is less good is our fitness levels – we’ve done so little exercise in the last year or so and are very out of shape.  So a small hill to get us started.

We park up without any problems, only a couple of miles from our cottage, and head down Ings Lane and skirt the edge of Town Head before crossing the river and picking up the farm track towards Troutbeck Park.

The farmer is out and busy as he buzzes past us on his quad bike a couple of times.  The sun is shining and it feels wonderful as we walk with the view of our conquest for the day in front of us:

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The first one and a half miles are pretty much flat along the farm track before we start to climb – I always like that to get my body used to walking before the demands of the ascent.

We walk almost to the end of the mountain on a path which gains height relatively gradually before getting a little steeper and reaching a shoulder where we can see Caudale Moor, Threshthwaite mouth and Thornthwaite Crag behind us:

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We’re feeling pretty worn out already so we decide to find a comfy crag and sit and have some lunch and enjoy the views and the glorious weather.

After a good relaxing stop we tackle the final three quarters of a mile and 150ft to the top.  The views down the Troutbeck valley towards Windermere are lovely:

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To the north we have great views of one half of the Kentmere Round to our right with Threshthwaite mouth still visible straight in front of us:

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To the west we can just make out Scafell Pike, Bowfell and the Crinkles in the distance (right to left):

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The views may be a little limited as Troutbeck Tongue is set deep in this bowl of hills but it still looks stunning in today’s beautiful sunshine.

We enjoy the views and soak up some more rays before going for the direct descent off the nose – 800ft in three quarters of a mile – before picking up the farm track again and enjoying the straightforward walk back to Town Head.  We have given ourselves a final 150ft of ascent back up to the road to the layby where we parked the car which we huff and puff our way up.

We’re definitely out of condition but this was a lovely walk in perfect weather – a very good choice.